Who wants to win the NFC East? It feels like each team in the division constantly does things that makes you think none of them deserve to get in. The Cowboys are lost without Tony Romo, the Giants’ defense doesn’t have the talent to take them anywhere, the verdict is still out on Sam Bradford and the eagles, and the Redskins, are well, the Redskins. I don’t know how I’m saying this, but the Cowboys at 2-5 are still alive in this division. They need a win desperately, but they are still in this thing. The Cowboys trail the Eagles at 4-4 and the 4-4 Giants. I remember when the Seahawks made the playoffs some years ago with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback with something like a 7-9 record. This might happen again in the NFC East this season. If the Cowboys win this game, the Giants are going to be the only team in the division with a .500 record. That is pretty awful. The Cowboys do have an excuse as they have been without Romo for a good portion of the season. Giants you have no excuse, Eagles you have no excuse.
There will be no excuses for the Eagles if they lose this game against the Cowboys. For the third week in a row Matt Cassel is going to get the start. God knows how the Cowboys ended up covering that game last week against the Seahawks. A late “incomplete” pass from Cassel that was originally ruled a fumble was overturned. The ball was picked up and the Seahawks scored. Most people will say it was incomplete, but the ball was jarred loose and Cassel pushed the ball forward. In any case, it shouldn’t have had to come to that for a Seahawks’ cover. Cassel threw for only 97 yards in the 13-12 loss. That is small time high school quarterback nonsense. The week before the Seahawks game, he looked clueless against the Giants as well, getting picked off 3 times against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
Just look at what the Saints did to the Giants’ secondary. Cassel was at a loss against them. He is expected to be not so good though, there are big expectations for Sam Braford, though. He doesn’t look comfortable, he hasn’t produced. That is the fact of the matter. The Eagles were hoping for better than a 76.4 quarterback rating when they traded for him. Bradford vs. Cassel on SNF isn’t the ideal matchup that NBC was hoping for in this slot. In any case, let’s try and cash in and win some money off this one tonight.
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The Cowboys have been in the news this week not because of the on the field product. Defensive end Greg Hardy has been in the crosshairs after photos were released of the beating his ex-girlfriend took. There was also a bunch of other details about the case revealed. I’m not going to get into it too much, but the conclusion of it all is that Greg Hardy is a scumbag. I already knew he was a loser before the photos were released. That is about all I’ll say about that, but I do wonder if it translates to on the field this week for the Cowboys. I personally think it is a distraction, coupled with the fact there was already controversy with Hardy on the sidelines flipping out. Hardy and Dez Bryant on the same team sounds like one big headache.
The Cowboys’ offense is dreadful with Cassel at quarterback. They weren’t good with Weeden under center either. On the season the Cowboys are averaging 19 points per game. I think with Romo healthy that number would be 10 points higher. Additionally, the NFC East would be a walk for the Cowboys, the way I see it anyway. The Eagles have an underrated defense. They don’t get much credit for anything, but they have played pretty well, allowing only 19.6 points per game. The Cowboys’ offense has averaged 14.5 points the last four weeks. Conversely, the Cowboys’ defense has been a tad underrated, as they are 8th in the NFL in defense. I don’t trust Cassel, nor do I trust Bradford. I don’t know where the points are going to come from. I like the UNDER.
PICK: UNDER 43.5 POINTS (-110)