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NFC East Week 13 Previews & Predictions

By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:

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Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, December 1st 1:00 PM

In a battle of two red hot teams, the Arizona Cardinals will travel to Philly to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Eagles will looking to pick up their 4th consecutive win, while the Cardinals will be looking to earn their 5th consecutive win.  The Eagles officially announced Nick Foles as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season on Wednesday and he deserves every bit of it, compiling a 152.8 passer rating in the month of November.  Foles will be faced with a difficult challenge against one of the more talented secondaries in the league, which features Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.  The Eagles will look to ease Foles into the game by featuring LeSean McCoy early and often.  Although the Eagles’ defense struggled mightily for much of the first half of the season, they have steadily improved during the 3 game win streak and will be put to the test, going against a team that put up 40 points in week 12.

Final Prediction: Although it seems the Eagles have everything going on right now, the Cardinals have everything they have going on plus 10.  The Cardinals defense will be too much for Chip Kelly’s quick tempo offense and the Eagles home woes will continue. Cardinals, 23-17. 

New York Giants at Washington Redskins, Sunday, December 1st 8:30 PM

The Giants will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Redskins in a battle of the division’s worst in primetime.  I’m sure when the NFL and NBC scheduled all the Sunday night games they thought this would be one of the better ones and a game of importance, and while the game could still be excellent, it’s definitely not of importance with both teams practically out of the division race.  Robert Griffin III will try to silence all the criticism that has been surrounding him for the last couple of weeks, while Eli Manning will try to silence the criticism he has endured throughout the season.  The Giants have too many weapons on offense, especially with the addition of Andre Brown and the balance he provides, to not pick apart the horrible Redskins’ defense.   This game may not carry as much weight in the win loss column, but it will certainly test both teams’ pride and ability to deal with adversity.

Final Prediction: Eli Manning and the offense are just too explosive for the Redskins’ offense to keep up with, let alone for the Redskins’ defense to stop.  Look for Victor Cruz to have a resurgent week after a poor performance against the Cowboys last week.  Giants, 24-20.



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