My Thoughts

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints:

It seems like the Eagles have stuck to their game plan and managed to run the ball very efficiently. As a result, they scored 40 points for the second time this year. The rushing yards came from everywhere, with their traditional RB committee leading the way and QB  Jalen Hurts contributing big time as well. He became the first Eagles QB to score three rushing TDs in a franchise that has featured such great dual-threats as QB Randall Cunningham and QB Michael Vick! Their defense was also able to create crucial stops and scoring opportunities for their offense to seal this game. This win has to have this team feeling good. Hopefully, they can continue the momentum and catch up to the division-leading Dallas Cowboys, but at least they continue to hang in the playoff race from the outside looking in. Final Score: Eagles win 40-29.

https://saintswire.usatoday.com/lists/saints-vs-eagles-analysis-taysom-hill-stats/

My Key PlayerQB Jalen Hurts (13/24, 147 yards, 18 carries, 69 yards, three TDs). It is hard to not give this to Hurts. From a throwing standpoint, yes he does need to connect a bit more. However, he did take advantage of opportunities and managed to score with his feet this week. 

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes the ball in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team @ Carolina Panthers:

In a game that celebrated QB Cam Newton’s return (to football in general and being back on the Panthers), it was QB Taylor Heinicke who was able to secure his team a victory. It was an important game for WFT not only because they needed the win but also because many pieces of this team (like HC Ron Rivera and Heinicke himself) were once part of the Panthers organization. Though the WFT started slow, they were able to survive this. They are slowly proving that they can recover from early mistakes and stay in games. That’s what happened here and, in this case, they did not score at all in the first quarter. They created an opportunity for themselves and, because of that, they were able to take a lead late in the fourth quarter. If this team can continue to make opportunities like they just did on Sunday, do not be surprised to see them in the hunt down the stretch. Final Score: WFT wins 27-21.

https://www.hogshaven.com/2021/11/21/22793110/washington-football-team-vs-carolina-panthers-schedule-tv-radio-online-streaming-odds-and-more

My Key Player: QB Taylor Heinicke (16/22, 206 yards, three TDs, six carries, 29 yards). Not only did Heinicke have a great game but also this was the second game in a row where he did not cause a turnover. Additionally, Abs wants to give a shout-out to WR Terry McLaurin (five catches, 103 yards, one TD) as his key player, as he did break the 100-yard receiving mark. An honorable mention can be given to RB Antonio Gibson for his 95 rushing yards on 19 attempts, but Abs thought that his early red zone fumble was a sort of costly one, as it could have given WFT an easy three-to-seven point cushion (depending on how they would’ve scored).

https://www.hogshaven.com/2021/11/23/22797416/is-taylor-heinicke-inevitable
https://riggosrag.com/2021/11/22/washington-ruins-cam-homecoming-key-numbers-second-straight-win/

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs:

Another goose egg on offense by Dallas, much like what I wanted to say in their Week 9 matchup against the Denver Broncos. This game went opposite of what most people predicted in what has been a strange NFL season so far. This game saw exactly ZERO TDs from both QB Dak Prescott and QB Patrick Mahomes combined! At times, it did feel like the Chiefs would just run away with this game. The Cowboys’ defense seemed to be in a slump at first but adjusted and did what they needed to do to keep this team in the game. At the same time, as horrible as the offense looked, the Cowboys were always in this game. That might be the great thing about this Dallas team: as horrible as they end up playing, they are always somehow still in the game. Still, there is not very much to speak on, as the Cowboys only managed to score nine points, which was the first time all season that they had scored less than two TDs.

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2021/11/21/national-reaction-to-cowboys-chiefs-behold-dak-prescotts-oscar-worthy-portrayal-of-tony-romo/

If you are a defensive fan, this was definitely a game to watch, as we saw many turnovers from both teams. If we were to only tell you that the Cowboys’ defense held the Kansas City Chiefs to less than 20 points, it would be safe to assume that many would think they won this game. However, they did not. There should be no excuse, even though they were missing a lot of players. Yes, they were missing key players but, if the Cowboys wish to contend, they need to learn to get over this hump. How else do we handle these situations? There is one thing for sure: the rest of the NFC East is celebrating this meltdown! Final Score: Chiefs win 19-9.

My Key Player: LB Micah Parsons (four tackles, two sacks, one FF, two TFLs, three QB hits). Parsons is something special. He created sparks on the defense whenever it was needed, but it’s too bad that the offense could not capitalize. The Parsons hype train seems to continue gaining steam!

https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article255960922.html

Additionally, Abs wants to give some love to three Chiefs defensive players: CB Charvarius Ward (one INT, seven tackles, three PDs), CB L’Jarius Sneed (one INT, six tackles, one TFL, three PDs), and DT Chris Jones (one fumble recovery (FR), five tackles, 3.5 sacks, two TFLs, one PD, three QB hits) for wreaking havoc on two fronts on defense.

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Though it looked like a close game going into the half, Tampa Bay was able to show why they are who they are. They were able to take care of their mistakes and walk away with a win. In true Giants fashion, there were drives that started off great but were killed by penalties or the team not gaining much on their plays. The last play of the half, where WR Darius Slayton fumbled the ball, was the beginning of the end for the Giants in this game. Among the mistakes was a momentum-killer on a failed fourth-down attempt in field goal range (keep in mind that this was still a 17–10 game against the reigning champs). With that, the Bucs took advantage and continued to plunge forward. This means several things for the division: 1. Tampa Bay has now regained their #3 seed status, which moves Dallas down to #4 because the Bucs own the head-to-head tiebreaker. 2. There is now a four-game gap against the division leaders if the Giants hope to get back into the mix of things. Final Score: Buccaneers win 30-10.

https://www.actionnetwork.com/nfl/nfl-odds-predictions-picks-for-giants-vs-bucs-2-ways-our-experts-are-betting-monday-night-football

My “Key” Player: S Xavier McKinney (seven tackles). Really, there wasn’t much going on right for the Giants in this game, so I picked McKinney out of the rest of the players. He was the leader on defense with his team-leading seven total tackles. Abs has DE Raymond Johnson III (one tackle, one sack, one TFL, one QB hit) as an honorable mention, as he was able to get on the stat sheet many different ways, but it’s not enough to be given any real credit.

https://www.giants.com/video/giants-insider-xavier-mckinney-on-interceptions-buccaneers-offense

 

NFC East Standings

Dallas Cowboys (7–3)

Philadelphia Eagles (5–6)

Washington Football Team (4–6)

New York Giants (3–7)

 

Sources

  1. Cover Picture: https://studentunionsports.com/what-is-wrong-with-the-nfc-east/
  2. Statistics: Yahoo Sports: a) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/new-orleans-saints-philadelphia-eagles-20211121021/, b) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/washington-football-team-carolina-panthers-20211121029/, c) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys-kansas-city-chiefs-20211121012/, d) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/new-york-giants-tampa-bay-buccaneers-20211122027/
  3. Statistics: ESPN.com: a) https://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore/_/gameId/401326487, b) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326481, c) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326490, d) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326493
  4. News: https://www.profootballrumors.com/: a) https://www.profootballrumors.com/philadelphia-eagles-rumors-news, b) https://www.profootballrumors.com/washington-football-team-news-rumors, c) https://www.profootballrumors.com/dallas-cowboys-news-rumors, d) https://www.profootballrumors.com/new-york-giants-rumors-news
  5. Injuries: a) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/PHI/philadelphia-eagles/injuries/, b) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/WAS/washington-football-team/injuries/, c) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/DAL/dallas-cowboys/injuries/, d) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/NYG/new-york-giants/injuries/

 

Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.

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