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NFC East Predictions Week 8

Steve Shoup

By Nick Clarke

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, October 26 4:05 PM

In Philadelphia’s trip out west, the Eagles face the only other five win and one loss team in the conference. The Eagles feature one of the most versatile offenses in the league, while the Cardinals feature one of the stingiest defenses in all of football. The Eagles have heavily relied on their special teams in recent weeks, but against a top caliber team like the Cards, the Eagles are going to need the help of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy. Nick Foles has looked glaringly different than the Nick Foles that finished with twenty seven touchdowns to only two interceptions just a year ago. Foles has already thrown seven interceptions through six games. McCoy rushed for a season high one hundred forty nine yards in the Eagles shutout win against the G-Men. If the Eagles want to come back to the East Coast with a W, they’ll need Foles to become the Foles of 2013 and McCoy to continue his recent success on the ground.

Final Prediction: The Cardinals’ defense is not exactly the matchup the Eagles need to fix their offensive struggles. Both offenses will struggle, but Foles will make more mistakes than Palmer. I see a late game interception clinching a Cardinals win and a long trip home for the Eagles. Cardinals, 19-17.

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, Monday, October 27 8:30 PM

The Colt McCoy-led Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to face the division leading Cowboys in a battle of bitter rivals on Monday night football. The Redskins placed Brian Orakpo on season ending injured reserve this week and now are without DeAngelo Hall and Orakpo, arguably their two most important defenders, for the entire season. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense has been firing on all cylinders lately, and a depleted ‘Skins’ defense doesn’t matchup very well against the likes of DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant. The big question for the Washington Redskins defense is who the heck is going to guard Dez Bryant. John Gruden recently spoke about the Washington secondary facing Bryant on ESPN980, saying, “I don’t think they know what they’re in for”. The Redskins will need Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, their elite playmakers, to step up and help Colt McCoy out throughout the game to try and keep pace with the Dallas offense.

Final Prediction: I don’t believe the Redskins have the personnel to deal with the Dallas playmakers. Also, can’t see Colt McCoy keeping pace with Tony Romo. Look for Terrance Williams to thrive once again in the national spotlight. Cowboys, 29-17.



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