NFL Week 9 Recap: NFC East

Even though no one can claim that the New York Giants have been dominating anyone during the 2015 NFL season, it appears that they will be the team that wins the NFC EAST.

Even though the New York Giants haven't been dominating anyone during the 2015 NFL season, it appears that they will be the team that wins the NFC EAST.

Even though the New York Giants haven’t been dominating anyone during the 2015 NFL season, it appears that they will be the team that wins the NFC EAST.

That could be because Jason Pierre-Paul, their once great defensive lineman, has finally returned to the team after working out a contract and proving to the Giants that the loss of a few fingers due to a 4th of July fireworks accident would not stop him from being effective.

In his first game back since the accident Paul’s presence did appear to help the Giants’ defensive line apply more pressure than in previous games this year. Wearing a heavy gray wrap around his right hand that resembled a mitten, Paul was in on 18 snaps out of a total of 26 during the first half of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It was obvious that the Giants didn’t want to put too much on Paul. He sat out some series and played others. For example, he sat out the Buccaneers’ third series in the first half and the first five plays of Tampa Bay’s fifth series. He played all six plays of the Bucs’ final possession of the half. All and all Paul played a total of 46 snaps out of 63. He had two tackles and two quarterback hits.

Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was effective. He threw first half TD passes to Rueben Randle, Shane Vereen and Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham finished with nine catches for 105 yards.

Giants’ kicker Josh Brown kicked four field goals including fourth-quarter kicks of 53-yards and 44-yards. The score was padded somewhat when Giants’ defensive back Trevin Wade recovered a Bucs’ fumble in the end zone for a touchdown on the game’s last play.

Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston completed 19 passes on 36 attempts for 247 yards and ran for a score. Manning completed 26 passes on 40 attempts and was intercepted twice. GIANTS 32 BUCCANEERS 18

No one expected the Washington Redskins to beat the New England Patriots and they didn’t. Yet, they could have played a lot better and possibly have been competitive if it wasn’t for as many as 10 dropped passes by just about all of their receivers including two by Pierre Garcon and one by back up tight end Derek Carrier.

After the Patriots scored on their initial drive of the first quarter, they surprised the Skins with an onside kick that Redskins’ wide receiver Ryan Grant was unable to cover and New England recovered and later scored.

The Redskins offense didn’t get their first play until the Pats already led 14-0. The Redskins’ first play from scrimmage was a pass from Kirk Cousins to Garcon, but the ball bounced off his hands and was intercepted. Garcon also dropped a pass on an attempt to convert a fourth down play.

Carrier’s drop came when he was wide open. Cousins delivered a perfect throw, but Carrier bobbled and finally dropped it. He probably could have had a 50-yard gain, said the announcers who were calling the game.

The Redskins’ defense was unable to stop the run as well. Patriots’ running back LeGarrette Blount gained 129 yards on 29 carries. However, the Redskins were able to collect a fumble and an interception. The pick was Tom Brady’s second of the season and Julian Edelmen’s fumble was the team’s first at home since 2013.

The Redskins running game continued to sputter. Cousins finished with 22 completions on 40 attempts for 217 yards and he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Reed with 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Brady completed 26 passes out of 39 attempts for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

The last time the Redskins played the Pats in Foxborough they lost 52-7 in 2007. This time the Redskins held the Pats to a season low 27 points. PATRIOTS 27 REDSKINS 10
 The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys on a 41-yard touchdown pass from QB Sam Bradford in overtime. It was the ‘boys’ sixth loss in a row after losing starting QB Tony Romo. The last time the Cowboys had a losing streak this extreme was in 1989 when they lost eight consecutive games and finished 1-15.

Eagles’ linebacker Jordan Hicks also returned a pick 67-yards for a score.

Cowboys’ QB Matt Cassel threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns including a jump-ball pass to Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys kept it close with DeMarco Murray collecting 83 rushing yards and 78 passing yards for a total of 161 yards and Bryant caught his first touchdown pass of the season in his second game after missing five games due to a broken right foot. He finished with five catches for 104 yards. Cole Beasley had a career high nine catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns for the ‘boys.

The Cowboys forced overtime when kicker Dan Bailey booted a 44-yard field goal. The Cowboys were helped by two pass interference calls on Eagles defensive back Byron Maxwell during the drive.

Romo is expected to miss at least one more game before he can return from a broken left collarbone injury. EAGLES 33 COWBOYS 27
NFC EAST STANDINGS                         Overall                     Division
NEW YORK GIANTS                                  5-4                            2-2
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                        4-4                            2-2
WASHINGTON REDSKINS                     3-5                            1-1
DALLAS COWBOYS                                   2-6                            2-2 


SAINTS @ REDSKINS                            SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
DOLPHINS @ EAGLES                          SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
PATRIOTS @ GIANTS                           SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
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