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NFC East Week 9 Predictions

Steve Shoup

By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:

 

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, November 2 1:00 PM

            The Arizona Cardinals will travel to the heart of Texas for matchup of six win teams.  The Cowboys are looking to bounce back from their primetime blunder against the Washington Redskins, who thoroughly outplayed the ‘Boys in all facets of the game.  Dallas might be without Tony Romo and forced to lean on a mistake prone backup quarterback, Brandon Weeden.  If Romo is unable to go, except the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator to dial up a heavy dose of DeMarco Murray.  The Dallas D, who will be without their captain, Justin Durant, for the entirety of the season, needs to step up against the inconsistent Cards’ offense.  Andre Ellington is the key piece Dallas needs to contain to prevent the Cards’ running and screen games from revving up.  If Dallas the Cardinals’ big plays, than the Cowboys should be in it throughout with the D’s bend don’t break mentality.

Final Prediction: The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a huge win against Philly and Dallas is coming off a catastrophic loss against Washington.  Expect Dallas to bounce back and reinsert itself as one of the NFL’s best.  Also, Patrick Peterson versus Dez Bryant will be an electrifying matchup.  Expect a touchdown from Dez and a pick from Peterson.  Dallas, 26-23.

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans, Sunday, November 2 1:00 PM

            Philadelphia will look to bounce back from a bone crushing defeat out west last week with a trip to the lone star state.  The Eagles and Chip Kelly will have their hands full with trying to quell J.J. Watt and Arian Foster’s impacts on the game.  Kelly will look to involve his dynamic running back, LeSean McCoy, in the screen game early and often.  Expect Foles and Maclin to continue their dominance against Jonathan Joseph and the Houston secondary.  With Kendricks back on the defense, the Eagles have the speed in the middle to contain the run game of the Texans.

Final Prediction: The Eagles will make a statement in the game.  They are for real, here to stay.  The Eagles offense will finally fly high and replicate the Giants success against the Texans.  Eagles, 33-16.

Washington Redskins at Minnesotta Vikings, Sunday, November 2 1:00 PM

            RGIII will start for the first time in six weeks with Washington riding high after a divisional overtime win.  The Redskins have all the momentum in the world and I’d be a fool to pick against them.  The Vikings’ rookie quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, will have his hands full with the different types of blitzes Jim Haslett and the Redskins dial up.  If the Redskins can get pressure up the middle against Bridgewater, he will surely force some throws and give Washington’s secondary chances to make plays.

Final Prediction: The Redskins will dominate this game from the coin toss on.  RGIII will play lights out in his return and remind Washington why everyone loved him so dearly in 2012.  Redskins, 26-17. 

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants, Monday, November 3 8:30 PM

Fresh off a bye week, Eli Manning and the Giants will look to upset the Colts and build momentum towards the back half of their season.  Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton will be a nightmare for Prince Amukamara and the Giants’ secondary.  If the Giants can limit the big plays from Hilton, the Colts offense will look lost, as evidenced through the first half of the Pittsburgh game last week.  Without Rashad Jennings, yet again, the Giants will be forced to lean on the passing attack.  If last week was any indication, the Colts secondary is awful, just plain horrendous.  Expect Eli and his inexperienced targets to pick apart a lackluster secondary in an attempt to keep pace with the high octane Colts’ offense.

Final Prediction: Coming off a bye, the Giants are perfectly prepared for this upset.  After the exposure last week of Indy’s defense, expect Eli to take a lot more shots downfield.  Giants, 34-29.

 

 



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