Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The reigning Super Bowl champs manage to come out of this game with another win and improve their record to 5-1. Though they share this great record with several other teams (the Ravens, the Cowboys, the Rams, and the Packers), we have to agree that Tampa’s wins have not been as convincing. A lot of these wins have come at the cost of losing key players to injury. To start the game, the Buccaneers scored two TDs on their first two possessions. It was from here onward when injuries seemed to creep in and allowed for the Eagles to come back fighting.
QB Jalen Hurts dialed in another two rushing TDs of his own in this game, and these were the only ones in the game aside from a 5-yard TD pass to TE Zach Ertz. Who would have known that this would be the last time we had heard of the TE in Philly? After trade rumors had seemingly died down, Ertz was ultimately traded to the Arizona Cardinals the day following this game (more details on that coming in a future article by Abs). Aside from all of this, we have to remember that Tampa Bay was up 28–7 in the third quarter at one point.
Philadelphia had their stretches once again on defense in this game. Though they were down, they managed to force some key stops on the defensive side of things, thus preventing this game to go out of reach. Let’s be honest that, going into this game, we all had a feeling that Tampa Bay was the better team but we also that Philly would give them a challenge. That is exactly what fans got, at least during the second half of the game. The Eagles will not go down without a fight! They got two TDs and a two-point conversion late in the game to bring the game six points within their grasp, only to fall short after the Bucs were able to successfully move the chains to run out the clock. They will look to change their fortunes against the Las Vegas Raiders next week. Final Score: Bucs win 28-22.
My “Key” Player: This was a tough game to find one key player, so that’s why I have the word ‘key’ in parentheses because the selection Abs and I came up with is basically going to be given to the player who was the best from the rest: QB Jalen Hurts (12/26, 115 passing yards, one TD, one INT, 10 rushes, 44 rushing yards, two TDs). At least he was able to score two of the three Eagles TDs of the day, and he was involved in the other one as well. That’s really it. Honorable mentions could be given to RB Miles Sanders (nine rushes for 56 yards, two catches for 10 yards) and S Anthony Harris (one INT, five total tackles, one PD), but that’s not enough to overtake Hurts at this point.
Special shout-outs to WR Antonio Brown (nine catches, 93 yards, one TD) and RB Leonard Fournette (22 carries, 81 rushing yards, two TDs, six catches, 46 receiving yards), as they were just too good on the day to handle and deserve credit as such. Abs counts them as his players of the game.
Washington Football Team vs. Kansas City Chiefs:
Washington caught the Chiefs by surprise in the first half, as they were able to go into halftime with the lead (13-10). However, there is a reason why Kansas City has made it far in the playoffs in the past: the adjustments that they made. Following a second-half opening drive punt, the Chiefs were able to score three unanswered TDs of their own in the third and fourth quarters in quick succession.
Before this, Washington’s defense looked like their old selves. Perhaps it was losing RB Antonio Gibson for a period of time that slowed their roll a bit. They were still able to pick off QB Patrick Mahomes two different times, which seems like the continuation of an unusual season for the quarterback. Still, if Washington is able to find the roll like this once again, they will be hard to beat as the season continues. They will take on the Green Bay Packers next. Final Score: Chiefs win 31-13.
My Key Player: CB Kendall Fuller (eight total tackles, one PD, one INT). While the defense was hot, Fuller managed to step up and help them along with an INT. Abs also wants to give a shout-out two more players for the key roles they played in the game too: RB J.D. McKissic (eight carries for 45 yards, eight receptions for 65 yards) and LB Cole Holcomb (10 total tackles, one sack, one PD, one QB hit).
Meanwhile, four different receivers went for 50+ receiving yards, Mahomes threw for 397 yards, and RB Darrel Williams (21 carries for 62 yards and two TDs, three receptions for 27 yards) had a good game in relief of the injured RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That’s why Abs is saying that his players of the game will be the Chiefs offense overall.
New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams:
Though it was a quiet first quarter for both teams (with the Giants taking an early 3-0 lead), the Rams dominated the rest of this game. The majority of their points (28) came in the second quarter alone! For fans wondering, yes, QB Daniel Jones was eligible to play in this game and did so after suffering a concussion last week that ruled him out for the rest of that game. He actually threw for over 50 pass attempts in this game (51, to be exact), even though none of those were TDs. Instead, he had only 29 completions and three interceptions, and it still seems like he is trying to adjust to the league. This was not a pretty game for the Giants after they had a more manageable one last week. They will look to get back on track against a Carolina Panthers team that has now lost three in a row after starting the season 3-0. It should bode well for them that two of the three NFC East teams that have faced Carolina (the Eagles and the Cowboys) have beaten the Panthers. This should at least give them some hope that this Panthers team has some exposed cracks and can be beaten, despite possessing one of the best defenses in the league. Final Score: Rams win 38-11.
My Key Player: WR Sterling Shepard (10 receptions, 76 yards). This was the most effective performance that the Giants got on any side of the ball, in my opinion. Shepard was able to haul in at least five more receptions than any other receiver on his team. Abs would also like to give a shout-out S Xavier McKinney (two INTs, three total tackles, two PDs) as his key player, which makes sense given his two interceptions against QB Matt Stafford.
Special shout-outs go out to RB Darrell Henderson Jr. (21 carries for 78 yards and one TD, two catches for 29 yards and one TD) and WR Cooper Kupp (nine receptions, 130 yards, two TDs) for their amazing performances in this game, as they combined for all of the four Rams TDs of the game. They are Abs’ players of the game.
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots:
This game went down to the wire… During the whole game, it seemed like Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had the Cowboys’ number yet again. QB Mac Jones found his TEs early in this game and scored two TDs in the first quarter (one was a rush by RB Damien Harris and the other was a throw to TE Hunter Henry), whereas the Cowboys’ aggressiveness may have gotten the best of them. There were some questionable calls that they will have to look into going into their bye week. Still, they should be happy that every other team in the division lost this week while they were able to pull out a win. It seems like the Cowboys got away from their balanced approach for this game.
This goes for both sides of the ball. It really did seem like the Patriots could run the ball whenever they wanted and caught the Cowboys on some seemingly designed plays. Back to the Dallas offense, the team started hot, stalled out, and finished hot to end this game. Still, Cowboys fans must give credit where it is due, as this was a good game for the Patriots. There was a point when the Cowboys dominated the clock, plays, and yardage by a lot (almost double) and were still losing this game. There was also the questionable timing of timeouts once again.
As a Cowboys fan, I know that they can do a lot better and that this was not their best game. Though it was a high-scoring affair, it did not come in the prettiest way like we have seen earlier in the season. This bye week should be used to tighten these areas if they wish to succeed in December and beyond. The major injury news that we will need to keep track of is the one of QB Dak Prescott, who was seen in a walking boot after the final play of the game. Final Score: Cowboys win 35-29 (OT).
My Key Player: WR CeeDee Lamb (nine receptions, 149 yards, two TDs, one carry for two rushing yards). This was a quiet game for Lamb, in my opinion, but he did step up when needed to, mainly during the fourth quarter and overtime. We won’t blame the quiet start entirely on him, as it looked like the offense was out of sync the entire game.
Abs, however, would like to make a play on my words by saying that “this was quite a game for Lamb”, as he was really impressed from a statistical point of view. He was also impressed by the fact that, despite me saying that they had a down game, Dallas: 1. Still managed to have four pass-catchers have 50+ receiving yards, 2. Still had Prescott throw for 445 yards, and 3. Still had CB Trevon Diggs record an interception (which he returned for a TD), his seventh (and second pick-six) in six games! The above-mentioned will be his key players of the game.
Additionally, he wants to give a shout-out to RB Damien Harris (18 carries for 101 yards and one TD, one reception for seven yards) as his player of the game.
NFC East Standings
Dallas Cowboys (5–1)
Washington Football Team (2–4)
Philadelphia Eagles (2–4)
New York Giants (1–5)
- Cover Picture: https://studentunionsports.com/what-is-wrong-with-the-nfc-east/
- Statistics: Yahoo Sports- a) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers-philadelphia-eagles-20211014021/, b) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs-washington-football-team-20211017028/, c) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/los-angeles-rams-new-york-giants-20211017019/, d) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys-new-england-patriots-20211017017/
- Statistics: ESPN.com- a) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326410, b) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326417, c) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326416, d) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326420
- 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/new-york-giants-rumors-news, d) https://www.profootballrumors.com/dallas-cowboys-news-rumors
- 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/NYG/new-york-giants/injuries/, d) https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/DAL/dallas-cowboys/injuries/
Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.