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Here we are, second appointment with our NFC EAST outlook, another exciting week with the beautiful (but “tragic”) Cowboys win, but also the other teams gave us many interesting food for thoughts.
We start with the Washington Redskins, who faced on Sunday afternoon the St. Louis Rams. The team of Missouri arrived in the Capital after a strong home win over the Seattle Seahawks, and determined to add a second W. They were wrong, the Redskins put up a pretty solid performance that led them to a 24-10 win. Excellent game by the QB Kirk Cousins, who silences the critics, showing extreme precision and good reading. In evidence the rookie runnnig back Matt Jones, that amazed the FedEx Field with 123 Yds in 19 runs and 2TD, he is the real protagonist of the game. But the real news is the absolutely dominant play of the Redskins OL against the dreaded Rams front 7. Cousins suffered 2 sack but could have much time to throw, and the Washington running game literally destroyed Rams defense. This excellent result is obviously not a coincidence, the arrival of Bill Callahan (have you heard of him before ?) brought adjustments in the OL that allow the Offense to cause serious headaches for opponents, encouraging the work of this run-heavy offense that start to resemble the last season Cowboys. Turning to Defense, we can briefly say that Foles and company have never represented a serious danger for the Redskins. The infirmary is emptying, pay attention to these Redskins.
Also in the afternoon, at MetLife Stadium was played the match between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons (our next opponents). The Falcons have won the game 24-20 in an incredible way, coming back from the score 20-10 for the Giants at the beginning of the last quarter. Second consecutive comeback, and defeat, suffered from Giants in the last two weeks, setting an historical record: no team in the history of the NFL had lost the first two matches of the season leading by 10 or more pts in the fourth. The NY media didn’t lose time and attacked Coughlin and Eli Manning, guilty of not being able to close the match and win games that seemed to be closed. For their part, the players are not hiding and make amends of their responsibilities, with Coughlin that started the press conference with a: “I’am disappointed, again” (and some critics on Eli), while the players recognize their mistakes, they continue to show their confidence in this group and in the project led by Coughlin and McAdoo. Injuries starts to pile up: rookie LT Ereck Flowers suffered another sprained ankle, the CB Rodgers-Cromartie (one of the best on the field) suffered a concussion in the first part of the match and DE Robert Ayers a hamstring problem yet to be assessed.
Last match of the day was between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cowboys. You know the final score (yeah !!!) and how the game was played, so we can move on. Criticism on the Eagles start with the match still in progress with the home crowd that booed their heroes. After the match, given the dismal performance offer, started a media hype that put Kelly and his players at the center of a hurricane and that will not stop all week, putting a lot of pressure on the team. Accused for this disastrous start are: OL looked at least inadequate, QB Sammy Bradford which currently does not provide any guarantee, and most importantly, doesn’t appear a franchise QB at all, CB Byron Maxwell arrived from Seattle with great fanfare, but that hasn’t proven to be the shutdown corner that was hoped in Philadelphia, and the same Chip Kelly, author of a “revolutionary” offseason maybe too much, that is giving awful results. To add up to this complicated situation, bad news on the injury front with Kiko Alonso and Michael Kendricks who suffers undisclosed injury (for Alonso could be another knee issue), DE Cedric Thorthon broke a finger, his status for next game is unknown.
In week 3, Thursday will see the divisional match between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants: with the first looking for confirmation, while the Giants will seek finally a victory at home. Sunday the Eagles will be on stage in New York too against the surprising Jets, who surprised a bit ‘all starting the season with two convincing victories. Needless to say, Chip Kelly and his staff will be called for an immediate redemption.