With the events of the Thanksgiving Day weekend played out as far as the NFC East is concerned, there is now a two-team race for the division title and it’s between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.
No doubt many football fans are wondering how the Redskins, who have not won a road game yet this season, can be on top of the division. That’s a fair question. The answer is that the teams of the division overall are not playing good football.
The Cowboys can’t win without Tony Romo at quarterback and after missing him for eight straight weeks due to an injury and losing eight straight games, he’s hurt again and is probably out for the season.
The New York Giants lost their first two games of the season and have been a mediocre 5-4 since has not achieved consistent play.
The Eagles, now 4-7 appears to have given up on their head coach Chip Kelly.
Meanwhile, the Redskins are 5-1 at home, 2-1 in the division and 5-3 in the conference despite not winning a road game. So there they are tied with the Giants for first place and it is the Skins that hold the tiebreaker at the moment due to their better division and conference record (Giants are 2-3 in the division and 4-5 in the conference). Moreover, they have an easier schedule than the Giants as the teams play their remaining five games.
Actually, the Redskins should have scored a lot more points in this game against the Giants. They snatched three interceptions from Giants QB Eli Manning, but couldn’t put any points on the board on these gifts alone.
The big play for the Skins was a Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson 63-yard pass and run for a touchdown. They also scored on Cousins ‘quarterback sneak and two Dustin Hopkins’ field goals.
The Giants put on a big push in the second half with an unbelievable 21-yard touchdown reception by Odell Beckham Jr. and a touchdown pass of 40-yards to Rueben Randle. Beckham’s catch was truly miraculous as he dove into the end zone and made a one-handed catch while still in the air and kept possession as he hit the ground.
Redskins’ rookie cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who came to training camp as a wide receiver having never played cornerback, intercepted a Manning pass in the end zone. He also knocked away three passes during his somewhat short appearance on the field.
Cousins finished with 20 completions on 29 attempts for 302 yards, one touchdown pass and one touchdown rush.
Manning finished with 26 completions on 51 attempts for 321 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns. It was Manning’s 20th game of his career in which he has thrown three interceptions. REDSKINS 20 GIANTS 14
The Cowboys had the misfortune to play the undefeated Carolina Panthers on week 12 and the biggest news out of this game was that Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo re-injured his collarbone.
Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted two passes, one a pick six, and defensive back Kurt Coleman returned another Romo interception for a touchdown. Romo finished with 11 completions on 21 attempts for 106 yards.
Cam Newton ran for a score and Graham Gano kicked four field goals. Newton finished with 16 completions on 27 attempts for 183 yards. He was sacked once. PANTHERS 33 COWBOYS 14
The Eagles lost to the Detroit Lions, their third loss in a row. Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught three touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford and Stafford threw a total of five touchdown passes. This was the Lions third straight win since firing their team president, general manager and offensive coordinator. Johnson finished with eight catches for 93 yards. The three touchdown receptions tied his career high, which was set in 2010.
Stafford finished with 27 completions on 38 throws for 337 yards and five touchdowns. It was the fourth time in his career that he has thrown five TD passes in one game.
Mark Sanchez started at quarterback for the Eagles replacing Sam Bradford, who was injured. He completed 19 passes on 27 attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked six times. Brent Celek caught one of the scoring passes and Jordan Matthews caught the other.
Lions’ defensive end Ezekiel Ansah got 3-1/2 sacks, one of which forced a fumble that he recovered. LIONS 45 EAGLES 14
NFC EAST STANDINGS Overall Division
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 5-6 2-1
NEW YORK GIANTS 5-6 2-3
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4-7 2-2
DALLAS COWBOYS 3-8 2-2
NFC EAST SCHEDULE
JETS @ GIANTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015
EAGLES @ PATRIOTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015
COWBOYS @ REDSKINS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
Courtesy of the Washington Post