My Thoughts

Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions:

This was a game where the Eagles were able to practice in areas that were much needed for them. They started the NFC East road trip in style, as they got a fashionable win. They got some return in their run game, some from their pass game, and (of course) from their defense. Now, let’s keep in mind who they were playing, though. The Eagles needed this game as a confidence booster for the team. They didn’t let the outside noise bother them (“the Eagles are tanking“, “Detroit lost a few close games and have been playing more efficiently, so they could pull the upset here“, etc.). The past few weeks have been a blur, so this win should help put them back on track. They had a solid game plan and executed where they needed to. That is why they had their dominating 44–6 win over the Lions in Detroit.

https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/eagles-lions-studs-duds-week-8-44-6-win-jordan-howard/

My Key PlayerRB Boston Scott (12 rushes, 60 yards, two TDs). Talk about efficiency! Scott did what he needed to in the times he was given the ball as the starting RB in lieu of RB Miles Sanders.

https://www.fantasypros.com/2021/11/waiver-wire-profile-boston-scott-and-phillys-frustrating-offense/

Additionally, Abs wants to give credit to RB Jordan Howard (12 rushes, 57 yards, two TDs) as well, as his stats were almost similar to Scott’s. Howard is Abs’ key Eagles player due to his bruising runs/style of play, and his fresh legs (after being on the practice squad for the previous seven weeks) helped the Eagles out on quite a few occasions. He also wants to give a shout-out to both the Eagles’ and Lions’ TE1s, Dallas Goedert (six receptions, 72 yards) and T.J. Hockenson (10 receptions, 89 yards) respectively, for leading their teams in receiving yards.

https://www.si.com/nfl/eagles/news/heres-the-deal-with-jordan-howard
https://www.espn.com/nfl/player/_/id/3121023/dallas-goedert

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Football Team @ Denver Broncos:

A slow start for both teams in this game saw a 0–0 score in the first quarter. Even though Washington managed to gain more yardage than the Broncos, it was their red zone struggles that held them back from this win. Both teams either missed field goals or had them blocked (WFT were blocked twice). The yardage was in large part to their defense finally coming a bit more together. Still, there were many times where they missed opportunities that they could have taken advantage of. One example of this was when Washington was able to get the ball into the Denver 15-yard liner and still failed to score. That’s what this game mainly was about: disappointing and missing the stats from their big-name players. With the bye week coming, WFT should very much be looking to tighten these areas. Final Score: 17-10, Broncos.

https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/football-team/one-number-know-heading-washingtons-week-8-meeting-broncos

My Key WFT Player: S Landon Collins (eight tackles, one sack, two TFLs, one QB hit). Collins led the defense on a day where they got a total of four combined sacks.

https://www.hogshaven.com/2021/10/31/22754072/nfl-2021-week-8-washington-football-team-vs-denver-broncos-4th-quarter

Additionally, Abs will name RB J.D. McKissic (three rushes for 10 yards, eight receptions for 83 yards) as his key WFT player and his player of the game will be S Justin Simmons (two INTs, seven tackles, two PDs).

https://news.yahoo.com/top-19-waiver-wire-pickups-160025176.html

Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings:

No Dak, no problem… No, no, no, it was a good win for the Cowboys but not enough to say that they were better off without QB Dak Prescott. In what many believed to be a run-heavy game script, fans still saw QB Cooper Rush throw 40 times and a game-winning five-yard TD to WR Amari Cooper (the first time in NFL history that the passer’s first name and the receiver’s last name were the same as each other). The Cowboys dominated the clock early, but the Vikings managed to have the upper hand for the majority of the game. The game was called fairly for the majority of the time, but it was a true exchange of back-and-forths.

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2021/11/01/film-room-cowboys-vikings-takeaways-including-dallas-defenses-third-down-dominance/

It was not until later in the game (as I am sure many fans felt) where the time came to pass the ball a bit more and stop this inverted wishbone offense (although it was nice to see them utilize their backup linemen a bit more). Putting that little bit of trust ultimately paid off for the team though, in the end, I was hoping to see a bit more running just to drain the clock. Still, fans can see where there are areas to tighten. However, traditionally coming out of a bye week, our Cowboys are usually slow, so to see them continue at this pace was very pleasing. A win is a win nonetheless! Final Score: 20-16, Cowboys.

My Key Players: In a game without their franchise QB, I was quite surprised by the play of the team! I actually have two key players:

QB Cooper Rush (24/40, 325 passing yards, two TDs, one INT, one rush, two rushing yards). He did well in his first career start. Even when he got rattled a bit in the game, he managed to not let that hold him down and finished the game strong.

https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2021/11/1/22756993/trolling-the-nation-for-cowboys-at-vikings-cooper-rush-looks-like-a-seasoned-pro

LB Micah Parsons (11 total tackles, four TFLs, one QB hit). He made key plays over and over again for the Cowboys, especially when it came to stopping screen plays. Those plays have usually troubled the Cowboys’ defense in the past.

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2021/11/02/why-cowboys-lb-micah-parsons-even-as-a-rookie-is-already-on-the-path-to-nfl-stardom/

Additionally, Abs would like to include WRs Amari Cooper (eight receptions, 122 yards, one TD) and CeeDee Lamb (six receptions, 112 yards) as his key players of the game due to their superb performances in a game where they both topped over a 100 yards receiving!

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10016838-amari-cooper-ceedee-lamb-lobbied-for-game-winning-td-in-cowboys-huddle-vs-vikings

New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs:

Who would have thought that we would be saying “the New York Giants are leading the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter”? Many key players for the Giants were out in this game, including WR Kenny Golladay and RB Saquon Barkley, while WRs Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard were active. This game really had to have Chiefs fans wondering what was going on with their team. The Giants’ defense forced two fumbles towards the end of this game, one of which was recovered by them and the other leading to a game-tying FG.

https://www.nfl.com/news/monday-night-football-preview-what-to-watch-for-in-giants-chiefs

There were still errors for the team that they must fix, as that is what ultimately kept Kansas in the game. A couple of things I can point out right now include the interception on their own 22-yard line, the muffed punt by WR Dante Pettis (who had to leave the game after he was injured during the play), having to use up timeouts earlier than needed due to headset issues, and two costly penalties (an offside penalty that negated an interception and a face mask penalty on the next play that gave the Chiefs an automatic first down) that resulted in the game-winning FG by K Harrison Butker. The Chiefs were just able to squeeze by for the win. The Giants still had one last opportunity to score at the end but  they went four-and-out instead. They take on the Las Vegas Raiders next week. Final Score: 20-17, Chiefs.

My Key NYG PlayerQB Daniel Jones (22/32, 222 passing yards, two TDs, one INT, five carries, 12 rushing yards). To be able to play with only one solid WR and still be in this game is remarkable, and this was an up week for Jones. To be in the game against a team that was in the Super Bowl the previous season while your team is at the bottom of the standings is something to be proud of as a Giants fan!

https://www.nj.com/giants/2021/11/daniel-jones-nearly-led-giants-to-upset-over-chiefs-but-couldnt-quite-in-20-17-loss-and-its-not-really-his-fault-either.html

 

NFC East Standings

Dallas Cowboys (6–1)

Philadelphia Eagles (3–5)

Washington Football Team (2–6)

New York Giants (2–6)

 

Sources

  1. Cover Picture: https://studentunionsports.com/what-is-wrong-with-the-nfc-east/
  2. Statistics: Yahoo Sports: a) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/philadelphia-eagles-detroit-lions-20211031008/, b) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/washington/, c) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys-minnesota-vikings-20211031016/, d) https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/new-york-giants-kansas-city-chiefs-20211101012/
  3. Statistics: ESPN.com: a) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326441, b) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326447, c) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326449, d) https://www.espn.com/nfl/game/_/gameId/401326450
  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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