NFC East Outlook and Prediction

With only six games left in the NFL season the NFC East has become increasingly tight all of the sudden. While the Washington Redskins are within striking distance, there seems to be issues with that franchise. Robert Griffin III came out recently and criticized the coaching staff mainly Kyle Shanahan with predictable play calling.

“They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening. But like I told the guys, regardless of what’s going on out there, we’re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just weren’t doing that in the first half.” Griffin told the Washington Post.

The Reskins will have an uphill climb if they expect to jump in this race with the Cowboys, Giants and division leading Eagles. Upcoming they have two games against the Giants, Cowboys, Chiefs, Falcons and up next the 49ers.

Prediction: 2-4 in the next six games finishing 5-11 and last place in the NFC East.

The Giants have been on a roll over the last four games after starting 0-6. They have played some inferior opponents as of late including Vikings, Raiders and the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers. Their early season issues started on opening night against the Cowboys when they committed six turnovers in that game. Eli Manning threw 15 interceptions during that stretch.

Manning started to take care of the ball and has only one interception since then. The Giants are at a point where they can make it interesting down the stretch; however their schedule makes it a much more difficult task. Over the remaining six weeks they will face the Redskins twice, Chargers, Seahawks, Lions and the Cowboys this weekend.

Prediction: 2-4 in the next six games finishing 6-10 and third place in the NFC East.

The Cowboys seemed to be the favorite in the division for most of the season even with their .500 record. They haven’t been able to string together some wins to put some ground between them and the rest of the East. They find success against teams with sub .500 records and lose to the teams with winning records. With the Chiefs, Broncos, Lions and Saints games behind them their schedule gets less difficult.

The Cowboys offense is middle of road in passing and near dead last in rushing. The fact that there are teams worst in rushing is astonishing. Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan abandons the run early and they are unable to play keep away offense. With the league’s worst defense you can’t put any faith in this team moving forward. Over the next six games they will play the Raiders, Bears, Packers, Redskins, Eagles and Giants this weekend.

Prediction:  3-3 in the next six games to finish 8-8 for the third consecutive season losing to the Eagles on the final game of the season to miss out on the playoffs. This would put them in second place. Jason Garrett should be gone after another mediocre season.

The Eagles have been a very streaky team this year with losing streaks of two and three games. They also have winning streaks of two and three games which they are currently on. They have found something in second year quarterback Nick Foles. Foles has 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. This offense is moving the ball well and their defense has really stepped up. Since giving up 52 points to the number one offense in the NFL, no team has yet to score more than 21 points against them. That is a stretch of seven games.

Currently the Eagles are sitting 6-5 heading into the bye week. In their last five games they have the Cardinals, Lions, Vikings, Bears and Cowboys. It is looking like a battle the final game of the season to get into the playoffs and win the division for this team. The last time the Eagles and Cowboys met in the season finale for the division crown they lost out to the Cowboys. However, I don’t see that outcome this time around.

Prediction: 3-2 in the next five games to finish 9-7 and win the division. This will make them the only NFC East team to make it into the playoffs this season. Not a bad debut season for Chip Kelly.