Week 12 NFC East Recap
The crazy world of the NFC East found a new leader in week 12 as the most competitive division in the NFL moves forward. The New York Giants took on the Cincinnati Bengals, the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys threw down on Turkey Day, and the Philadelphia Eagles struggles continued on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
Giants Win Again
After starting the season off with a 1-7 record, a frustrating amount of close losses, and constant pressure on the young Daniel Jones, the New York Giants have racked off three straight wins. On Sunday, the Giants took on the Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati Bengals and came out with a 19-17 victory.
Running back Wayne Gallman continued to impress running for 94 yards and touchdown. Kicker Graham Gano led the team the rest of the way with four field goals, including a 49 yarder to tie up the game leading into halftime.
The big story of the game occurred in the third quarter when Daniel Jones went to the sidelines with a hamstring injury. This threw Colt McCoy into action in the middle of a tight meaningful game for the Giants. He would go on to complete 6 passes for 31 yards. The leading receiver on the day for New York was tight end Evan Engram who finished with 129 receiving yards.
The Bengals, down 2, had a chance to kick a game winning field goal after a great punt return landed them on the 50 yard line with under a minute left. But the underrated Giants defense caused their third turnover of the day, causing a fumble to close out the game. They also had an interception and another fumble recovery.
An MRI on quarterback Daniel Jones showed a strained hamstring. This makes him unlikely to be ready to go against the Seattle Seahawks for Week 13 which means all eyes will be on Colt McCoy to continue the winning streak.
Philadelphia’s Struggles Continue
The Eagles went into the week leading the division by half a game but they left the week in third place after their third straight loss. This weeks lost came to Seattle Seahawks 23-17. For the most part, the defense for the Eagles played pretty well. The one exception being Darius Slay, who was abused by DK Metcalf who ended the game with 177 receiving yards. Tight end Dallas Goedert led a pitiful Eagles offense with 75 receiving yards and a 3 yard touchdown grab.
The running game was non-existent, totaling just 70 yards. Eagles fans continue to suffer with Carson Wentz running the offense while rookie Jalen Hurts remains on the sidelines. Wentz threw for 215 yards and completed 25 out of 45 passes for 2 touchdowns, much of which came on a meaningless last drive that ended with a 33 yard Hail Mary touchdown to Richard Rodgers. A 2 point conversion brought the game to 6 points, angering all who bet on Seattle to cover the 6.5 point spread.
Washington and Dallas’ Thanksgiving Clash
The second of only two games to be played on the great Thanksgiving holiday seemed irrelevant to most. But all fans of NFC East teams had their eye on the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas won their first game since Week 5 last week, but went back to the new normal with another loss in Week 12 after getting blown out by Washington. Quarterback Alex Smith had a solid 149 yards on 19 of 26 pass completions. 92 of those yards went to Terry McLaurin. The big story of Turkey Day was rookie running back Antonio Gibson who exploded for 115 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. A game of the good, the bad, and the ugly should sum up how Dallas fared out in the loss.
The good, Amari Cooper had himself another game with 112 receiving yards including a 54 yard touchdown grab. The bad, Ezekiel Elliott continues to struggle with 32 rushing yards and a fumble. I know you think the Cowboys defense is the ugly, but it actually goes to Andy Dalton, who’s poor performance was topped off with a pass easily tipped by Washington defensive end Montez Sweat. Sweat was able to secure the ball and return it to the end zone to finish the onslaught and bring the score to its final 41-16.
The New York Giants take sole possession of first place with a 4-7 record and two wins against the 4-7 Washington Football Team. The Giants have a tough week 13 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and Washington will try to hand the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss on Monday. Philadelphia moves to 3-7-1 and has a date with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Dallas, who is down but most certainly not out, heads the bottom of the division at 3-8. The defense will look to redeem themselves against the run heavy Baltimore Ravens.