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NFC East Predictions: Week 5

Steve Shoup

By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:

 

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, October 5 1:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans will meet in Jerry’s world for an exciting battle of three and one teams and the bragging rights in the lone star state.  Dallas is fresh off an extremely impressive victory over the New Orleans Saints on primetime Sunday night football, while Houston is coming off a dominant defensive display against the Buffalo Bills.  The Cowboys’ revamped offensive line is set to face its biggest test in containing JJ Watt.  Watt has wreaked havoc each week and figures to play a key role in the battle of Texas.  The ‘Boys will look to attack Houston’s defense in a variety of ways; whether it be with DeMarco Murray in the backfield, Cole Beasley out of the slot, or Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant on the outside, the ‘Boys will try and find a way to move the ball.  With Terrance Williams’ and Jason Witten’s ability to beat one-on-one soft coverage, defenses will have to stop doubling Dez Bryant or stacking the box with eight defenders to limit DeMarco Murray and be forced to play the Cowboys’ top options with true one-on-one coverages.  The Texans’ defense doesn’t stand much of a chance against an offense that can beat you in every way imaginable and Ryan Fitzpatrick is not capable of keeping pace with Romo and company.

Final Prediction: The Cowboys offense will click in all phases and negate the threat of JJ Watt.  The ‘Boys defense will give up big plays here and there, but will stop the Texans when it matters most.  Look for Terrance Williams to continue to feast off the attention Dez Bryant garners.  Cowboys, 28-17. 

 

 

St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, October 5 1:00 PM

The Rams will enter the city of brotherly love looking to even their record at two and two coming off their bye week, while the Eagles will look to rebound after a touch road loss.  The Rams announced undrafted rookie free agent Austin Davis will start for the remainder of the season.  Davis has been the lone bright spot in a disaster start to the season, which included the second knee injury to Sam Bradford in as many years.  The Eagles’ offense was held without a touchdown throughout the entire game last week and star running back LeSean McCoy was limited to seventeen yards on ten carries.  If the Eagles want to avoid the upset, they will have to find their offensive groove and that starts with controlling the line of scrimmage.  The Eagles’ pass defense has been atrocious and the Rams’ pass offense has been fantastic, so overall not a great matchup for the birds.   Also, with Janoris Jenkins at cornerback, the Rams possess a game changing playmaker, that could trick Foles into making some mistakes.

Final Prediction: The Eagles face a really tough matchup here, but with all the firepower they have on offense, it’s hard to imagine them staying quiet for two straight weeks.  Even though it’s tempting to pick the upset, I think Philly will get it done at home and improve to four and one.  Eagles, 29-22.

 

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants, Sunday, October 5 1:00 PM

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons come to Metlife to face an extremely inconsistent New York Giants team.  The Giants have won their last two games, both in impressive fashion, and look better than they have in a long time on offense.  The Falcons come off a loss to Minnesota and don’t appear ready to face Ben McAdoo’s high octane offense.  The Giants’ offense has spread the ball around, balanced the run and pass, and limited turnovers.  The Giants’ defense will face a tough task in limiting Julio Jones and Roddy White.  Although Prince Amukamara and Antrelle Rolle have been fantastic this year, it will still be quite the challenge trying to contain these wideouts.   This game has the recipe for a shootout and I think it will come down to the offense that makes the fewest mistakes in the turnover department.

Final Prediction: The Giants are rolling, but I just don’t see Eli staying mistake free in a game he will have to make over forty passes.  Matt Ryan has been excellent and it’s tough to bet this Falcons team will drop two straight games.  Falcons, 27-24. 

 

 

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins, Monday, October 6 8:30 PM

The defending Super Bowl champions travel to the nation’s capital to face one of the more struggling teams in the league. The Redskins are right off a demoralizing loss at home against a far worse opponent, so this game should be fairly one sided.  Seattle’s offense will try and establish the run early with Marshawn Lynch and let Russell Wilson do the rest.  Kirk Cousins should be under duress for the entirety of the game, as Seattle’s pass rush is elite.  Cousins will have to lean on Morris for most of the game, but with Seattle only surrendering 2.8 yards per carry against the run, no matchup looks good for Washington.  Expect a quick and easy road victory for the best team in the NFL.

Final Prediction: Sherman finally gets a pick.  Seattle embarrasses Washington at home on national television, again.  Seattle, 26-13. 

 

 



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