Philadelphia Eagles: Cowboys, Giants fight not to be the NFC Least

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With the Philadelphia Eagles and Redskins tied up at 1-1, the Cowboys and Giants will fight for the worst record in the NFC East on Sunday Night Football.

Today has not been a great day for the NFC East.

With both the Washington Redskins and our very own Philadelphia Eagles suffering unfortunate losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively, the NFC East is currently 0-2 going into the evening games.

And pretty soon, that number will be 1-3.

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With the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys set the face off in Week 2 of Sunday Night Football, fans across the league will get a chance to watch arguably the division’s two weakest links face off for a chance to see who joins the Eagles and Redskins at 1-1, and whose playoff aspirations take a major hit with an 0-2 record.

While the season may have just begun, this is already a must-win game for either team, especially considering how poorly each team played the previous week.

From watching the Giants struggle with inconsistency across the board, to Dallas’ inability to put anything together on the offensive side of the ball after losing Dez Bryant and Jason Witten this offseason, this is the kind of game Philly fans love to watch: A real loser takes all fight for the worst record in the NFC East.

Though I personally see the Giants pulling out a win, as they have slightly more firepower than the lowly Cowboys, this game will highlight the deficiencies of both teams, and give Philly fans insight into what to watch for in the Eagles’ own forthcoming matches.

For the Giants, how will their new 3-4 defensive front be able to hold back Ezekiel Elliott, the only offensive weapon the Cowboys currently pose? If Elliott can put up a big game without the help of a strong receiving corps, just imagine what Jay Ajayi will be able to accomplish with players like Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Alshon Jeffery also on the field.

And for the Cowboys, how will their passing defense, ranked 22nd in 2017, be able to hold off the Giants’ impressive array of offensive weapons? Sure, the Cowboys have a solid front seven that may be able to hold Saquon Barkley in check, but they have arguably the worst collection of defensive backs in the league, who will surely be torched by the likes of Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and of course Odell Beckham.

Ergo why I believe the Giants will win.

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Though it’s never fun to start the day with an Eagles loss, being able to watch the Cowboys and Giants fight tooth and nail for mediocrity, especially after the Redskins also lost should help to soften that blow.