NFC East Outlook Week 4 – A bunch on top

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Fourth week of the regular season and once again the NFC EAST gave us so many emotions and so many events to consider.

Sunday saw in a fierce divisional match, the Washington Redskins returning home after the defeat in New York with the Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles in search of confirmations after the victory over the Jets. The match was very tight and the Redskins prevailed, with a masterful final drive orchestrated by an excellent Cousins, in the final seconds of the game. The match maybe wasn’t much technical, but definitely exciting. The Redskins came out of this match on a very high note and the organization expressed his happiness for this victory, the perception we have is that the Redskins have a team with an incomplete roster and some obvious shortcomings, but however, looks like a team with a will to fight. On offense we can record yet another excellent performance of the Offensive Line and an improvement in production of the running backs, compared to the loss to the Giants. This victory is certainly very useful for the Head Coach Jay Gruden who, after the decision to promote Cousins and bench RGIII, saw his courage rewarded, in a lively press conference he made no secret of how much Cousin improvements are clear, and how the QB started to show his leadership. Despite all, the fans aren’t entirely sold on Gruden choices and Cousins abilities, and unexpectedly, with a unique initiative, they elected the General Manager Scot McCloughan (arrived in the summer) to “hero of the franchise”, and to enshrine this love, they launched the hashtag #InScotWeTrust, and even a t-shirt (in the picture above) sold on line for $ 22.

A completely different situation for the Eagles, who thought to have secured the victory, unless lose it in the final moments of the game. The situation for the Eagles seems to be the same: defense and special teams are doing their job, but the offense is unable to win games. Anyway some improvements on the Eagle side, especially when Bradford thrown some “deep ball”, this might be a clue on which Kelly will be called to think about. Bad again the Offensive Line, always no time for Bradford to make his reads. After the game Murray spoke about being disappointed with the number of plays he had. The young defense did well, continuing to give up few points (21.5 per game) and often they’re the reason for keeping alive their victory hopes.

At the same time New York Giants played @ Buffalo Bills, and may have been one of the most important games of the week. The result was never really in discussion and the Giants deserved the win. Manning did not have to rely solely on Beckham, distributing the ball on all receivers available and sending in TD also our old friend Dwayne Harris. Needless to describe the situation of enthusiasm in the Big Apple, with the second consecutive win, especially as underdogs. On the microphones, a beaming Coughlin started with a statement “We have a grit” he said, and all the team publicly stressed the compactness and the combativeness of this group, and how the current record doesn’t reflect the true value of the team, and that 4-0 should be the right record. Technically I have to repeat my praises for Steve Spagnuolo work, he brought this defense to be (currently) the best against the runs, despite a unit without a real superstar . Improvements was also evident on offense and on time management, the 4th quarter syndrome is vanished for now. The only issue is the “mystery” that continues to gravitate around Victor Cruz return.

Week 5 will be an intense one for the NFC EAST: the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New Orleans Saints at home, needless to say, the Eagles are called to play “the game of life” to get a victory that seems within reach, and that would help Phila to return as a contender. The Washington Redskins have a tough test away against one of the most successful teams of the moment, the Atlanta Falcons. The New York Giants return to MetLife Stadium and will face the San Francisco 49ers, the opponent seems an easy one for these Giants and Eli Manning and Co. could be the Team on the Top when all will be set and done on Sunday.

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