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New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Friday 01:20 BST)
I saw a social media post this week that joked, “2020, at least it’s not as bad as the NFC East”. That tells you how bad this division is right now – we could actually see a playoff team enter the postseason with a losing regular season record! Dallas are leading the way at 2-4 after six weeks, but Philadelphia, Washington and the New York Giants are all just one behind the Cowboys so while this Thursday night matchup may not set pulses racing, it could be a game that plays a major role in deciding who advances from the NFC ‘LEast’.
Philadelphia have dropped back-to-back wins since the surprise success at San Francisco, and while you could attempt to defend them by pointing out that both losses came against strong AFC teams, a Week 1 loss to woeful Washington and a tie at home to Cincinnati destroy that argument. Carson Wentz is having a nightmare season at quarterback and now the faltering Eagles offense are missing Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz. The defense is hardly contributing much either, so all in all you have a major mess in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, which is not showing much love to its flame-haired QB.
As for New York, they are in an even worse mess than their hosts! The Giants were able to get their first win of the season on the board last weekend, but they had Washington coach Ron Rivera to thank as he live up to his ‘Riverboat Ron’ nickname. After seeing his team score a touchdown to move within a point of the Giants with 43 seconds to go, Rivera decided to go ‘all in’ and attempt a two-point conversion that would win his side the game. That decision backfired as Kyle Allen failed to complete a pass to Terry McLaurin, handing New York the victory. So can we at least find some confidence in New York after their first win? Of course not.
Daniel Jones is clearly not the answer at quarterback, having already thrown twice as many interceptions as he has touchdowns, and the season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley took away a major weapon for this poor Giants offensive group. Take Sterling Shepard out of the group too and you are left with a unit that does not have a great deal to offer. This will be ugly and we will see some pretty shocking QB play at times, but the Eagles should have just enough about them to grind out a victory that somehow gives their postseason ambitions a shot in the arm at 2-4-1.