NFC East Week 12 Predictions

NFC East

By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:


Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, November 23 1:00 PM

            Fresh off an embarrassing loss at Lambeau field, the Eagles return to the comfy confines of Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Titans.  The Titans’ defense is exactly what the doctor prescribed for LeSean McCoy’s head scratching difficulties this season.  The Titans’ run defense ranks second to last in the league, allowing over one hundred and forty yards rushing a game.  Chip Kelly will also have the opportunity to ease Mark Sanchez into the passing game a little more.  Kelly needs to dial up more screens and high percentage throws to help Sanchez limit his game changing mistakes.  On defense, the Eagles’ secondary will be challenged by Zach Mettenberger and his trio of talented wide receivers, Nate Washington, Justin Hunter, and Kendall Wright.  The Eagles have to commit to their ground game throughout the contest, and limit the big plays by the Titans’ passing attack.

Final Prediction: LeSean McCoy will rush for over one hundred yards and the eagles will jump ahead early.  Mettenberger will make too many mistakes to pull the Titans all the way back , but some degree of comeback will occur.  Eagles, 29-23.

Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, November 23 4:25 PM

            The Washington Redskins will look to put their loss to Tampa Bay and media frenzy between coach and quarterback behind them as they travel to the West Coast to take on the ‘Niners.  Robert Griffin III will use the next six games to prove to his teammates and the organization that he is their franchise quarterback.  RGIII still remains an athletic freak, so it would surprise me if he didn’t come out on Sunday looking sharp and leading his teammates to a W against the much overrated 49ers.  If the ‘Skins are to pull off the upset, they will certainly need their two young cornerbacks, Amerson and Breeland, to continue their encouraging play, as they will be matched up with either Michael Crabtree or Anquan Boldin.  Gruden should look to Morris to lay the foundation for a clean game on offense from the outset and for Jim Haslet’s defense to stifle Kaepernick with exotic blitz packages.

Final Prediction: RGIII and DeSean will finally connect for a game changing TD and RGIII will rush for over fifty yards.  ‘Skins, 22-17.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, Sunday, November 23 8:30 PM

            The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants square off in a primetime divisional showdown in the Meadowlands.  The G-men need a W to even think about their playoff hopes, while Dallas needs to keep with the Eagles for first place.  The Giants will have to find a way to cover Dez Bryant without Prince Amukamara and manage to contain the NFL’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray.  ON the otherside of the ball for both teams, the Dallas D will be faced with the challenge of covering Odell Beckham Jr., who scored twice against Dallas earlier in the season.  The Cowboys offense will certainly be in run happy mode, but also are fully aware of the matchup they have on the outside with Dez Bryant.  Eli and the men in blue cannot afford to commit a turnover if they have any hopes of saving their season.

Final Prediction: Romo and Bryant will feast off the injury-riddled Giants’ secondary.  Eli will commit at least one turnover as he will be playing from behind for most of the game.  OBD will continue his rookie of the year campaign.  Dallas, 31-23. 



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