The Washington Football Team beat the undefeated Steelers in Pittsburgh. Yes, this actually happened. After trailing 14-0, the Alex Smith-led squad fought back to a 23-16 victory against the AFC’s top team on Monday night. Washington’s record improved to 5-7, enough to currently tie the New York Giants for the NFC East lead.
The Giants’ win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday was just as surprising. Even with quarterback Daniel Jones injured, the Giants rolled to an impressive road victory in Seattle. They held the Seahawks’ red-hot offense to a mere 12 points in their win. Both Washington and New York are contending for a prized home playoff game, but only one can win the lackluster division. Either may just need to avoid a late-season meltdown to come out on top.
Although it appears to be a two-team race, anything could happen in this crazy season. There are so many questions, which will make for an exciting finish. Does Dallas have a chance? Could Jalen Hurts save the Eagles? Below, I’ll lay out my predictions of how the NFC East will play out.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Projected Record: 3-12-1
Current Record: 3-8-1
Remaining opponents: vs. NO, @ ARI, @ DAL, vs. WAS
Behind a decimated offensive line, Carson Wentz’s biggest flaws have surfaced. His accuracy and decision making both seem to be completely gone. Now, it’s Jalen Hurts’ turn, but he won’t be much better at all. The Eagles will carry their losing streak through the end of the season (because their receivers will not be able to catch it). They’ll sink to the bottom of the division with losses against the Saints and Cardinals, and division foes Dallas and Washington will bury them there. As for Wentz, his time in Philly might be over, but Jalen Hurts is not the answer right now.
3. Dallas Cowboys
Projected record: 5-11
Current Record: 3-9
Remaining opponents: @ CIN, vs. SF, vs. PHI, @ NYG
It has been an uphill battle for Dallas since Dak Prescott broke his leg in Week 5. The offense looks terrible, and the secondary has not gotten any better either. Ezekiel Elliott, for instance, cannot seem to secure the football. Andy Dalton is reminding fans why the Bengals got rid of him. Thanks to a favorable schedule, Dallas is very much alive in this race. If they limit themselves to one loss against Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, the division battle will come down to Week 17. That is unless Washington pulls off more shockers and climbs to the top alone.
2. Washington Football Team
Projected record: 6-10
Current Record: 5-7
Remaining opponents: @ SF, vs. SEA, vs. CAR, @ PHI
Washington is riding a three-game win streak, but it faces arguably the toughest final stretch of the four teams. First, they will travel to Arizona (yes, Arizona) to presumably lose to the Niners. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will take care of Washington a week later. The Carolina Panthers will pull off a somewhat unexpected win in Week 16, flipping the Football Team’s win streak into a losing one. Because Washington lost to the Giants twice, it only owns a tiebreaker against the Cowboys. It will have to hope the Giants lose to Dallas have a chance. Yet, the team proved that it could take down any opponent with its victory over the Steelers. So, if Washington finishes the season with eight wins, it wouldn’t be a shocker.
1. New York Giants
Projected Record: 6-10
Current Record: 5-7
Remaining opponents: vs. ARI, vs. CLE, @ BAL, vs. DAL
Despite starting the season 0-5, the New York Giants will win the NFC East with a below – .500 record. Believe it or not, the division will come down to the Giants’ Week 17 matchup against the Cowboys. Despite knocking off the Seahawks, Joe Judge’s crew will not be winning any games over the next three weeks. Even though they are favored against the slumping Cardinals, Kyler Murray will turn things around and take care of business. Next, the Browns and Ravens should each win handily. In their regular season finale, Daniel Jones will lead the team to a hard-fought victory to secure a playoff spot. Unfortunately for Jones, they will be no match for a top wild card team, even in a home game. All they will earn as NFC East Champions is a weaker draft position.