NFC East Predictions – Week 3
By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:
The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off a dominant road win, will look to continue their road success against a defensive minded Rams team. The Rams have already lost their starting quarterback for the season, but with their dominant front seven, led by Robert Quinn, they should not be overlooked. The Rams’ talented front seven features rookie Aaron Donald, who was linked to Cowboys in the months preceding the draft, and will be an important force in stopping the NFL’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys defense is poised for another solid outing, with the return of their best corner, Orlando Scandrick, and the overall ineptitude of the Rams’ offense, which will not feature Tavon Austin or Sam Bradford. The Cowboys have matched up well with the Rams over the past four years, coming out on top all three times they’ve seen them. Tony Romo has matched up especially well against the Rams, throwing for seven hundred fifteen yards, eight touchdowns, one interception, and compiling a 120.1 QBR in three games.
Final Prediction: Expect another huge game from DeMarco Murray. The game should go a lot like last week, although we might see Romo on his back even more. Romo and Dez should continue their success against a weak secondary. Robert Quinn and Austin Davis should be the few positives for the Rams. Cowboys, 27-13.
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, September 21 1:00 PM
The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are both coming off inspiring victories, and both will look to continue their momentum into week three. In DeSean Jackson’s homecoming, he will not have RGIII feeding him the ball, rather third year backup Kirk Cousins will be delivering the ball down the field for ‘Skins for much of the rest of the season. The Redskins’ offense will be more balanced with Cousins at the helm, and their front seven should wreak havoc on the Eagles’ injured offensive line. Nick Foles has not been terribly impressive to start the year, but the Redskins’ weak secondary gives him the opportunity to turn things around, especially with all the weapons on Chip Kelly’s offense. The Eagles cannot start as poorly as they have in their first two games if they want to pick up this key divisional win.
Final Prediction: Foles and Co. should be sharper to start the game, but the rejuvenated Redskins’ offense will make this a close game all the way through. Look for DeSean to make his impact known in what is sure to be a roller coaster of emotions for him and his old teammates. Captain Kirk will lead the team to a clutch road divisional win down the stretch. Redskins, 27-24.
Houston Texans at New York Giants, Sunday, September 21 1:00 PM
The Houston Texans travels to MetLife stadium to try and kick the Giants while their down, as the Texans are looking for their third win, while the Giants are looking to avoid their third loss. Eli Manning shouldn’t get any help from the Texans fierce defense in his journey to fix the Giants’ offensive woes. The Texans have the second best turnover differential in the league and that does sound good to Giants fan, as everyone is now well aware of the turnover machine the Giants have become. The key for the Giants’ defense is to plug the running lanes and prevent Arian Foster from getting loose. Foster has been fantastic so far and the Giants will need to hold him in check if they want to pick up their first win of the season.
Final Prediction: The turnover bug gets to Eli and crew early and the Texans’ running game keeps the Giants from making a comeback from the early hole they created. Texans, 29-16.