NFC East Predictions for Week 7
By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct 20 1:00 PM
The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Philly to take on a rejuvenated Eagles team. Dallas swept the Eagles last year, but the Eagles are already more than halfway to last year’s win total (4). Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense will surely take advantage of a hurting Dallas defense and the Cowboys will look to do the same when lining up against a floundering Philadelphia defense. With all the signs pointing to the dynamic speedster Michael Vick being sidelined, the Eagles will look to air the ball out with Nick Foles, but look for Dallas’ cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick to be up to the challenge. The Cowboys are also sure to see a ton of touches from LeSean McCoy to ease the pressure off Foles. Sean Lee will be responsible for containing McCoy, but don’t expect the NFL’s leading rusher to be an easy task for the middle linebacker.
The Cowboys will look to get the offense rolling again, and with DeMarco Murray out Tony Romo is due for a heavy workload. Bill Callahan (Cowboy’s Offensive Coordinator) will look to get Dez Bryant involved early. Bryant has 3 touchdowns and 185 yards on 9 receptions in the last 2 meetings against the Eagles.
Final Prediction: Look for Nick Foles to match Romo throw for throw for most of the ballgame, but Romo will step up when everything is on the line and make a big throw to his dynamic rookie Terrance Williams. Cowboys, 31-27.
Marc Trestman’s Bears will be looking to get their 2nd win in as many games and 5th win of the season when they travel to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins will be looking to earn their first home win and 2nd win of the season. Although the Redskins moved the ball well against the Cowboys last week, the offense hopes to convert more touchdowns out of their red zone trips. The Bears will want to feed Brandon Marshall, who is fresh off an 87 yard, 9 catch, 2 touchdown performance.
The Redskins hope Robert Griffin III can build off his signs of explosiveness last week and make some plays with legs that will open the passing game for this offense. If Jay Cutler plays mistake free football like he has been for the past two weeks, he will dominate this struggling defense. This game is huge for both teams; the Bears will look to build on their early success going into their bye week, while the Redskins will look to turn their season around.
Final Prediction: RGIII and the Redskins will take a major step to regaining last year’s form, but Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will be locked in and too much to overcome for the Redskins defense. Bears, 27-23.
Leslie Frazier’s Vikings will travel to New York for a primetime showdown of struggling teams. If either of these teams is on the upward trend it’s the Giants. The Giants are coming off a close loss to a solid Chicago Bears squad, while the Vikings are coming off an embarrassing loss against the up and down Carolina Panthers. Eli Manning is no Cam Newton, but I think even Eli can handle this putrid defense. The Vikings rank 29th in passing yardage allowed and 18th in rushing yardage allowed.
Josh Freeman will look to make headlines for the right reasons with a chance to start over with the Vikings and move on from the Buccaneers. Josh Freeman and Adrian Peterson should complement each other nicely, but it will take some time. Victor Cruz has been relatively quiet in the last 2 weeks with no scores and just 116 yards on a respectable 9 catches, but look for that to change in this battle of horrible defenses.
Final Prediction: Eli Manning and the Giants were oh so close to getting their first win last week. Look for Victor Cruz to find the end zone multiple times and for the Giants to eke out an uninspiring win in a battle of teams that are headed nowhere. Giants, 23-17.