Analysis: The Giants like to make life difficult for themselves, especially in the NFC East. Over the last few seasons, the Giants have had opportunity after opportunity to take the division by a strangle hold, but have either failed to do so or gave their fans heart attacks while doing so. Two years ago it was that December afternoon against the Eagles, where the Giants failed to take a hold on the division and eventually ended up missing the playoffs because of it. Last year, they lost four straight after a 6-2 start and sat at 7-7 before winning on the final night of the season against the Cowboys. This season, the Giants currently sit at 7-4 and have a 2 game lead over the Redskins, who are 5-6 and a 1.5 game lead over the Cowboys. A win Monday night against Washington would put the Giants as the No. 3 seed in the NFC and give them a 2 game lead over Dallas with just four to play, and no meetings between the two remaining.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a mistake getting rid of Juan Castillo. He wasn't the most popular Eagles defensive coordinator, but Castillo looks like Buddy Ryan in comparison to Todd Bowles.
Since Castillo was axed after a Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions, the Eagles defense has regressed. The extent of that regression has seen the unit yield 28 or more points in every game since.
The Eagles are now 26th in points allowed, after beginning the season particularly stingy in this area. Under Bowles, the defense has quickly gone from being the team's strength, to its Achilles heel.
The root of the problem has been bad tackling and poor scheme discipline. In Sunday's defeat to the Dallas Cowboys, the alignment of Philadelphia's secondary routinely left the middle of the field exposed.
That's either bad design by Bowles, or poor assignment football from his players. The Eagles' issues with tackling have also gotten worse every week with Bowles running the defense.
They are not the most physically dominant bunch to begin with. However, Philly's D' hasn't been able to bring anyone down in recent weeks.
Fortune, they say, favours the brave. The question is as we hit December, are the Washington Redskins brave enough for the run-in?
They are exciting enough that’s for sure. Anyone who has seen the energy and enthusiasm of their play this year cant help but feel that this is a team on the up again.
Under the guidance of a been-there-and-done-it veteran head coach, they have every reason to be optimistic about the future and of course they have the kind of marquee player that doesn't’t come around too often.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been exactly what everyone thought he would be. Fun.
We all knew he was a talent, his years in Baylor showcased his athletic ability. The fact that he has carried that into the NFL is not really that much of a surprise, but the way he has handled it all, maybe is. Every week we see something a little different that makes the fans of the Redskins believe they have a shot at the playoffs this year. And who knows what beyond.
RG3 and Alfred Morris Fire Washington Redskins Back Into Playoff Hunt After Outscoring Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving
Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris fired the Washington Redskins back into the playoff hunt, after outscoring the Cowboys in a wild shootout in Dallas.
The rookie pair dominated the Cowboys' defense and keyed an offensive explosion on Thanksgiving. They combined for 453 yards and 35 of the Redskins 38 points.
Griffin threw four scoring passes, three in the first half. Morris ran for another as the Redskins built a commanding 28-3 edge at half time.
Griffin exploited the Cowboys' aggressive defense with the play-action pass. He got big plays from receivers Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss.
As he has all season, Griffin also received stellar support from rookie running back Morris. The decisive zone-runner closed in on 1,000 yards after compiling 113 against a bewildered Dallas defense.
In fact, the Redskins had the edge in balance and play-calling on offense all game long. Morris surprised the Cowboys with some quick inside runs, instead of the familiar zone stretch plays to the outside.
Later today the Washington Redskins go into Cowboys Stadium to renew their intense famous rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys. A win would put them both level at 5-6 going into the home stretch, and both in touching distance of the 6-4 New York Giants who play Green Bay on Sunday night.
Both the teams are coming off wins this past week, although it’s Washington who will be more happy with their rout of the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-6, than the Cowboys who needed overtime to get past the Cleveland Browns, in a come from behind 23-20 victory.
Once again, Dallas have had to rely heavily on the ability of star quarterback Tony Romo to keep plays alive and keep the offense on the field. This has been largely down to the fact that he has no running game to assist him driving the team forward. This may seem a bit harsh on Felix Jones, who has re-emerged as the number one running back over the past month as first choice DeMarco Murray still nurses an injured foot.