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NFC East Predictions Week Seven

Steve Shoup

By Nick Clarke

With the Eagles on bye and the Giants and Cowboys facing off with each other there are only two games to look at today:

Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins, Sunday, October 19 1:00 PM

The Tennessee Titans travel to the nation’s capital for a matchup between talented, but highly disappointing teams. The Titans are coming off a close victory over Jacksonville and hope to turn their season around with a trip to Washington. The ‘Skins cannot wait for RGIII to return, as Kirk Cousins remains winless as a starter. The ‘Skins will need to hold Justin Hunter, Delanie Walker, and Kendall Wright in check if they want to avoid a five game losing streak. On offense, the ‘Skins should be able to attack the Titans’ mediocre pass defense. DeSean Jackson’s speed is sure to match up well against Jason McCourty on the outside. Also, Morris and the Redskins should look to run on the twenty fourth ranked rush defense in the league.

Final Prediction: Kirk Cousins knows RGIII will be replacing him in a matter of weeks, so he understands he needs to make the most of these last few opportunities. Cousins will play a clean and efficient game helped by the ‘Skins’ rushing attack. Redskins, 26-19.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, October 19 4:25 PM

The New York Giants are fresh off a momentum killing divisional defeat, while the Dallas Cowboys are coming off a road victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. In the shutout loss the Giants endured last week, they saw their star wide receiver Victor Cruz suffer a season ending injury. With all the negatives surrounding the Giants, they have the opportunity to make a statement and place themselves firmly in contention for the division crown. Dallas will not have starting right tackle Doug Free this week, and will probably steer towards running behind their pro-bowl left tackle more often than not. The Giants face a huge test in containing the multitude of weapons on the Dallas offense, including the MVP of the season so far, DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys defense never seems to match up too well against Eli and the G-Men and don’t expect that to change this time around.

Final Prediction: I expect a shootout between bitter rivals. I see Murray taking a backseat to Romo and Bryant in this game, as well as finally seeing the Cowboys defense exposed to a degree. The Giants need to play clean, no turnover football to win this game. Knowing Eli, that won’t happen. Cowboys, 34-29.



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