Two weeks ago at this time, the New York Giants were riding high. They had just upset the Seattle Seahawks on the road, were in control of their own playoff destiny and were viewed as a team ascending.
Fast forward to now and the Giants have lost two straight games in which they’ve scored only single digits, are dealing with mounting adversity in multiple forms and find themselves clinging to very slim playoff hopes.
Here’s how the NFC East stacks up after 15 weeks.
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With quarterback Alex Smith sitting out due to a calf injury, the Washington Football Team had no choice but to turn back to Dwayne Haskins and that went about as well as you might expect. Haskins tossed two interceptions and fumbled in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he did position them to make a push at the end of the game. WFT couldn't get it done however, and their loss guarantees that no NFC East team will finish above .500 this season.
Dallas Cowboys: 5-9
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The Dallas Cowboys were the only NFC East team to pick up a win on Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 41-33. The win was Dallas' second in a row and third of their last five, and it helped them leapfrog the Giants, whom they own the head-to-head tiebreaker over, for second place in the division. It also keeps their slim playoff hopes alive. It hasn't exactly been pretty in Dallas, but Andy Dalton's comeback story would be remarkable if he and the Cowboys are able to win their next two games and somehow steal the NFC East crown.
New York Giants: 5-9
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The Giants had an opportunity to regain control of their playoff destiny on Sunday night and did not look like a team ready to handle that pressure. For the second consecutive week, the Giants were held under 10 points and were not even close at the end -- something that had been a staple for Joe Judge's squad all season. It appears as if Big Blue is cracking and fading at the exact wrong time and if that persists over the next two games, things may go from celebratory in East Rutherford to, well... the exact opposite of that. Fair or unfair, Dave Gettleman's rear-end is back on the hot seat and his job on the line.
Philadelphia Eagles: 4-9-1
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How some players are covered in the media compared to other players continues to fascinate. Jalen Hurts completed just 54.5 percent of his passes, tossed an interception and fumbled three times in a loss and all anyone can talk about is how amazing he looked. Had Daniel Jones put up those exact numbers and performed exactly the same in a loss, the narrative would be completely different. But I digress... With their 33-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Eagles were officially eliminated from the playoffs and that guaranteed there would be a new NFC East champion here in 2020.