As everyone gets prepared for their feasts let’s recap week 11 and preview week 12, as three of the four teams in the division play on Thanksgiving Day.
Week 11 Review
Philadelphia Eagles 39 Dallas Cowboys 9
For one half of Sunday’s night game we had a tight defensive struggle. The Eagles offense looked like they were still on their bye week, the place kicker was out because of a concussion, and the Cowboys held the lead at the half. Then the second half happened and the Eagles woke up. Carson Wentz looked like an MVP candidate again, their running game took off, and the defense shutout the Cowboys. And baring a huge collapse from the Eagles, they will be the 2017 NFC East Champions.
New Orleans Saints 34 Washington Redskins 31 OT
With 3 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter it looked like the Washington Redskins had a signature win. Leading 31 to 16, the Redskins would be sitting at 5-5 with a favorable schedule ahead of them. Then Drew Brees led a furious comeback for a touchdown, 3 and out, touchdown and two point conversion, and a tied game. The Redskins had a chance to still win in regulation with them driving into field goal range. Then a intentional grounding and sack happened and the Redskins were stunned. The Redskins went 3 and out and the Saints proceeded in three plays to get to the 10 yard line and rip out the hearts of Redskins fans everywhere.
New York Giants 12 Kansas City Chiefs 9 OT
The New York Giants showed some toughness and fight on Sunday. Playing to their strengths, the Giants shut down the Chiefs offense. Outside of Travis Kelce, the Chiefs offense was non existent. Eli Manning got just enough points and more importantly did not cost the team points, and the Giants get a tough win.
Week 11 Awards:
Player of the Week: Kirk Cousins 22-32 322 Yards, 3 TD’s
Dud of the Week: Dak Prescott 18-31 145 Yards, 3 INT’s
Team of the Week: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 12 Preview
Game of the Week: New York Giants (2-8) vs. Washington Redskins (4-6) Thursday Night NBC
Why is this the game of the week? Well any divisional matchup should be the game of the week. How far apart are these teams? The Redskins have a top 10 offense and have played a tough schedule. The Giants offense looks pretty bad without Odell Beckham Jr. The talk in Washington is whether to give Kirk Cousins a long term deal. The talk in New York is that it might be time to look for Eli Manning’s replacement. Both teams have numerous injuries however the Redskins are literally signing people off of the street to play. I feel that this will be a cold, low scoring, old fashioned NFC East battle. Kirk Cousins has a 0-9 record on weekday games. The Redskins can win out and finish 10-6. With the heartbreak from Sunday, I see the Redskins doing whatever it takes to win this game.
Prediction: Washington Redskins 20, New York Giants 13
Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) Thursday 4pm FOX
The last two weeks the Dallas Cowboys have not looked good. The suspension of Ezekiel Elliot and the losses of Tryon Smith and Sean Lee have hurt the team. Now on a short week the Cowboys get one of the top defensive lines in the NFL. The Chargers feature Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa who have nine and eight and a half sacks respectively. Tryon Smith is supposed to play Thursday but he will not be near 100%. The Chargers offense is decent led by Phillip Rivers and do it all back Melvin Gordon. The Cowboys have had problems with teams with versatile running backs. The Cowboys road to victory must include 150 yards from Alfred Morris and a flashback Dez Bryant performance. The lower the score, the better for the Cowboys.
Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers 24, Dallas Cowboys 14
Chicago Bears (3-7) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) 1pm FOX Sunday
The Eagles put on a masterful second half performance against the Cowboys. Now they return home for a game against the Bears before they head on a three game road trip. The Bears are a team that are young, but they have been competitive in almost every game. They boast a win over the Pittsburg Steelers and come off of a tough loss to the Lions. Mitch Trubisky has taken over and is now settling into the NFL. However with a tough road trip looming I expect the Eagles to get the win.
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 31 Chicago Bears 17
My prediction record last week: 1-2