My Thoughts

Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Washington was in full control of this game: they did not have to come back from behind once, as they had led the whole game. This all started with forcing a three-and-out on defense to start the game. The following drive, an interception by QB Tom Brady helped WFT to extend that dominance. On their third defensive drive, they almost forced a three-and-out once more before getting their second INT of the game! There were stretches when Tampa Bay seemed like they were making a comeback (cutting the lead to three on their second drive after halftime, cutting the lead to four on their second to last drive of the game). However, Washington would extend their lead with a TD after each of those two chances. It was also a very balanced game for their offense, and one of the most stunning parts of this game was that RB Antonio Gibson was able to find the endzone a few times against a league-leading rushing defense. However, they seem to have lost their star edge rusher in the process: early reports show that it is thought to be a torn ACL for DE Chase Young. We will see how the team fares going forward. Final Score: WFT wins 29-19.

Update: Young is indeed confirmed to be out for the season.

https://www.pewterreport.com/week-10-most-disappointing-bucs-at-washington/

My Key Player: RB Antonio Gibson (24 carries, 64 yards, two TDs; two catches for 14 yards). Gibson started this game off slow. In fact, he had -4 rushing yards on five attempts to start this game. His two TDs saved him and his team, and it led them to victory (an upset of sorts) this week.

https://www.nfl.com/videos/can-t-miss-play-antonio-gibson-ices-wft-s-upset-vs-bucs-with-last-minute-td

Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons:

Today, we saw the complete opposite of what we saw from the Cowboys last week against the Denver Broncos. What they couldn’t do in four quarters of play (they only had 16 points total) they did in one against the Falcons: 29 points in just the second quarter alone, which is a franchise record! The Falcons were in it at the beginning, much like the Cowboys were last week, but the momentum changed after a failed fourth-down attempt on their second drive in the first quarter. It was almost literally the opposite of last week: WRs were catching passes, QB Dak Prescott was not missing the open man, blocked punts actually went their way! All of this was accompanied by Dallas not letting their foot off the gas even after having a large lead in the second quarter. Yes, the second half was a bit slower, but that was to be expected with a 33-point lead. We will see how they do next week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Final Score: Cowboys win 43-3.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/cowboys/2021/11/14/dallas-cowboys-atlanta-falcons-score/8618179002/

My Key Cowboys:

  1. WR CeeDee Lamb (six receptions, 94 yards, two TDs; one rush for 12 yards). Lamb made up for his game this week, as he constantly beat his corner on several plays. He most likely could have had an even better game! Efficiency is key!
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) attempts to break away from Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during second half of play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Dallas Cowboys defeated the Atlanta Falcons 40-39. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

2. DC Dan Quinn. That’s right, I have a coach in here as well. This was a revenge game for him, and this game came at the right time! His defense had to play better after last week. Quinn, going against his former team (where he was previously the head coach), had his defense at the ready: they forced three interceptions and had the Falcons put in their third-string QB (Josh Rosen) for some part of the game. It was a beautiful scene for Cowboys fans after last week and they almost seemed to want more!

https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/dan-quinn-gets-game-ball-after-win-over-old-team

Philadelphia Eagles @ Denver Broncos:

This was Denver’s third straight game against an NFC East team. This week ended up being a clean sweep for the division, as all three teams that played today were able to finish with a win! This win has to feel good all around for the Eagles, as they were able to do something just a week later that the division-leading Cowboys could not do themselves. QB Jalen Hurts may have had the best first half of his young career, and he also found rookie WR DeVonta Smith in the endzone twice. This, combined with a few FGs, meant that the Eagles went into the half with a 20–10 lead. The fun did not end here, as a highlight play came later in the third quarter. CB Darius Slay picked up a fumble on a fourth-down rushing conversion attempt by RB Melvin Gordon and he returned it for an 82–yard TD! The Eagles were really able to open up their running game as well, with RBs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard combining for 23 carries and 164 yards. Even Hurts joined them with 14 carries for 53 yards, which is the second time this season that all these three guys ended up passing the 50 rushing-yard mark together. The fact that the Eagles have done this well in the run game is all the more incredible considering that their first-string RB, Miles Sanders, is injured. Looks like the Eagles may finally be gaining some steam! Final Score: Eagles win 30-13.

https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-broncos-takeaways-analysis-jalen-hurts-teddy-bridgewater-courtland-sutton/

My Key Player: WR DeVonta Smith (four receptions, 66 yards, two TDs). The birthday boy gets our nod here for the player of the game. Though the majority of his damage came in the first half, he was definitely efficient.

https://www.mcall.com/sports/eagles/mc-spt-eagles-broncos-summary-20211115-egovzomurzhbjksc2euhzccksm-story.html

New York Giants:

BYE Week

https://nypost.com/2021/11/15/nfl-playoff-picture-giants-in-middle-of-nfc-wild-card-chaos/

The Giants have been pretty banged up and short-handed in recent weeks so, hopefully, they can get their guys back after an extra week of rest.

 

NFC East Standings

Dallas Cowboys (7–2)

Philadelphia Eagles (4–6)

Washington Football Team (3–6)

New York Giants (3–6)

 

Sources

  1. Cover Picture: https://studentunionsports.com/what-is-wrong-with-the-nfc-east/
  2. Statistics: Yahoo Sports- a) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers-washington-football-team-20211114028/, b) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons-dallas-cowboys-20211114006/, c) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/philadelphia-eagles-denver-broncos-20211114007/
  3. More Statistics: ESPN.com- a) https://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore/_/gameId/401326472, b) https://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore/_/gameId/401326466, c) https://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore/_/gameId/401326475
  4. News: a) https://www.profootballrumors.com/washington-football-team-news-rumors, b) https://www.profootballrumors.com/dallas-cowboys-news-rumors, c) https://www.profootballrumors.com/philadelphia-eagles-rumors-news, d) https://www.profootballrumors.com/new-york-giants-rumors-news
  5. Injuries: a) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/WAS/washington-football-team/injuries/, b) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/DAL/dallas-cowboys/injuries/, c) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/PHI/philadelphia-eagles/injuries/, d) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/NYG/new-york-giants/injuries/

 

Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.

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