As the 2017 season enters the home stretch, lets recap Week 12 and preview Week 13 in the NFC East.
Week 12 Review
Game of the Week: Washington Redskins 20, New York Giants 10
In a game that wasn’t always visually pretty was dominated by the Redskins, who held the Giants offense to 170 total yards. If not for a Kirk Cousins pick-6, the Giants were held to 3 points. This led to the surprise benching of Eli Manning and what seems like the total destruction of the New York Giants as we know them. The Redskins were able to somewhat avenge their heartbreaking loss to the Saints earlier that week and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Los Angeles Chargers 28, Dallas Cowboys 6
Once again for a half the Cowboys competed in a football game. And once again in the second half the Cowboys got completely manhandled. Phillip Rivers threw for 434 yards on the Dallas secondary and could have put up more points. Dallas’ offense once again looked lost and while scoring a touchdown this game, never seemed together. Now questions on Dak Prescott and others have started to emerge.
Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 3
The Eagles had a fairly easy game against the Bears. Carson Wentz is solidifying his MVP race lead by each game and the Eagles were never seriously threatened. Their defense is actually getting healthier heading into this stretch run. The Bears have some pieces but they are a few years from contending.
Week 12 Awards
Player of the Week: TE Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles: 10 catches for 103 yards, 1 TD
Dud of the Week: QB Eli Manning New York Giants: 13/27 113 yards, 1 INT
Week 13 Preview
Game of the Week: Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-4) 8:30pm NBC
In a potential playoff preview the Eagles take their show on the road to CenturyLink Field to face the Seahawks. If their has been any critique of the Eagles lately it would be that their schedule has been fairly easy. Now the difficulty is ramped up against a playoff team on the road. Luckily for the Eagles, the Legion of Boom is down to just Earl Thomas. Bobby Wagner however is playing lights out and their defensive line is still stout. The Seahawks offensive line is probably one of the worst in football and Russell Wilson who is having an amazing season is having to be part QB and part magician to lead the offense. I fully expect the front seven of the Eagles to suffocate the Seahawks offense, and allow the Eagles offense to settle in to take this game.
Prediction: Eagles 28, Seahawks 17
Washington Redskins (5-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-6) Thurs. 8:30pm
The best rivalry in football will have its latest installment at Jerry World. In their first meeting the Cowboys rode Ezekiel Elliott to victory. In a bad weather game the Cowboys had two advantages: a healthy offensive line and an available Zeke. The passing offense in that game Dak Prescott threw for only 14 completions and 143 yards. The Redskins are actually healthier now on the offensive line than they were then. Trent Williams is expected to play and the Redskins have had a resemblance of a run game with Samarje Perine. Kirk Cousins has been playing the best football of the season accumulating almost 900 yards and six touchdowns over his last three games. Last year on Thanksgiving Cousins threw for 500 yards in a loss. This win would help the Kirk naysayers who bring up his 1-5 record against the Redskins’ arch rival.
Prediction: Redskins 34, Cowboys 20
New York Giants (2-9) vs. Oakland Raiders (5-6) 4:25 FOX
The 2017 season for the New York Giants has fallen apart. First the dud against the Cowboys on opening night. Then the injuries to the wide receivers including all world Odell Beckham. The Giants never found a run game to help Eli Manning and that formula creates a 2-9 season. Instead of trading Eli to a contender his play has fallen off to the point where he was benched this week in favor of Geno Smith. That was written about earlier this week in another excellent piece. Smith hasn’t started a game in three years so you can hardly expect greatness from him with the limited weapons that they posses. The Raiders have fallen short of expectations this season, however they can put up points. They will be without WR Michael Crabtree (suspension) and possibly Amari Cooper (injury.) This gives the Giants a chance. However going to the Black Hole is not a recipe for getting a win.
Prediction: Raiders 17, Giants 10
My Prediction Record last week: 3-0 for the season: 4-2