Let’s just say it: The NFC East is garbage. The Redskins, Eagles and Giants, at 5-7, are all in a three-way tie for first, while Dallas (4-8), which has lost eight of 10, is just one game back.
So, when you hear the words “NFC East,” what do you think?
“The first thing that comes to my mind is Seattle is going to go to one of these places in Week 1 of the playoffs and just blow their doors off,” Football Today podcast host Matt Williamson said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Somebody has to win the division. I’m done with the Eagles. I keep going back to them, saying, ‘Boy they look good this week, I’m on board, they’re the most talented team, they have a good defense, the offense is going to come around, they’ll run way with the division.’ And I’m not going to do that again this week. They just beat the Patriots in a somewhat flukey fashion.”
The Eagles stunned the Patriots in Foxboro on Sunday, scoring three non-offensive touchdowns in a 35-28 win.
“Going into this week,” Williamson said, “I thought, ‘It has to be the Redskins now. Dallas is terrible, they’ll beat them on Monday Night, they’re pretty fundamentally sound, Dallas is out of it, they don’t have Romo, they haven’t won a game since 2010 without Tony Romo as their quarterback.’”
Washington, however, scored just one touchdown against Dallas – with 44 seconds left – and lost 19-16 on a 54-yard field by Dan Bailey.
And then there’s the Giants, who blew yet another double-digit fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Jets, 23-20, in overtime.
“I look at the Giants and say, ‘They’re just all over the place,’” Williamson said. “Is that enough o win this division? It might be. it’s awful. It’s pretty bad.”
Williamson was asked which team in the division has the least fatal flaw.
“I guess Washington,” Williamson said, unconvinced. “If you look at both sides of the ball with a healthy Sean Lee, I think the Cowboys’ defense is the best unit of the four. So their strengths are a little bit better than Washington’s. But man, I look at that Dallas offense, and the quarterback situation is just so poor. (Kirk) Cousins at his best is much better, and they have a lot more diversity with the offense (in terms of) run-pass (and they have) a lot more options to throw to. For (Dallas), it’s Dez Bryant. For some reason, they didn’t throw him the ball for three quarters or do anything to get him open even though he’s healthy finally. And (they have) a really good offensive line, but the quarterback hurts them so much. They lost seven in a row because of the quarterback position as much as anything.”