NFC East Previews and Predictions Week 8
October 25, 2013 in NFC East
By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct 27 1:00 PM
Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants will look to build on their first win of the season when they travel to Philly to take on the Eagles. Matt Barkley could get his first NFL start with both Michael Vick and Nick Foles uncertain due to injury. The Giants will look to take advantage of the Eagles quarterback situation, while the Eagles will look to take advantage of a weak Giants front seven by feeding LeSean McCoy the ball early and often. If Eli Manning can take another step towards mistake free football, he can take over this game. Hakeem Nicks will look to bounce back and get on the same page as his quarterback against Cary Williams and the rest of the Eagles’ secondary. The Giants’ defense showed the ability to shutdown a struggling offense last week and will have a very similar task against the Eagles. Both offenses are bound to turn the ball over, and whichever defense makes the turnovers cost less will come out on top.
Final Prediction: The Giants will put the game in the hands of the Eagles quarterback by taking an early lead and whether the Eagles choose to go with a certainly ineffective and hurt Vick or an inexperienced Barkley, they won’t be able to catch up. Also, look for Hakeem Nicks to have a big day.
The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Detroit to take on the super talented Detroit Lions in a showdown of 4-3 teams. The Cowboys secondary faces its toughest test thus far in containing Calvin Johnson. Brandon Carr will be responsible for Johnson throughout the game, but he will receive plenty of safety help over the top from Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. The Lions secondary also faces a tough task in stopping Dez Bryant. Although Johnson is surely the best receiver in the NFL right now, Bryant has amassed 25 more catches, 78 more yards, and 7 more touchdowns in his first 50 games (50 GP) than in Johnson’s first 50 games. The Cowboys will look to get Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams involved as Bryant and Witten will warrant most of the attention, while the Lions will try to get Reggie Bush, their big play running back, plenty of looks with Calvin Johnson drawing attention from the whole Dallas secondary. Sean Lee and Bruce Carter will have to stop Bush with almost no safety help considering the safeties will be shadowing Johnson. The Cowboy’s no name D-line will have to step up big time to create pressure on Mathew Stafford, who gets rid of the ball in a mere and NFL leading average 2.33 seconds after the snap.
Final Prediction: Going into halftime neither defense will look able to stop either offense, but after the break look for the Cowboys to create a huge turnover and the offense to turn it in to the deciding points in the game. Bryant and Johnson will both have monster games.
The Redskins will travel to Mile High Stadium to take on one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are coming off a sloppy loss to the Colts, while the Redskins are fresh off a much needed win against an above average Bears team. Robert Griffin III will look to build on his great performance last week and continue beating defenses with his arm and legs. Peyton will certainly have his fair share of chances to put the ball in the end zone, but the Redskins will look to rediscover last season’s successes with running ball to keep Peyton off the field as much as possible and minimize his chances. The Redskins secondary will have to rise to the occasion in a big way if they want to give their superstar quarterback a chance to keep them in the game.