Week 6 gave us a good look at the NFC East teams, along with some of their strengths and weaknesses.Monday night brought a game between the division-leading New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants came into the game after winning three straight games, in which Eli Manning looked comfortable and the offense clicked. The Eagles had been having a tough time finding their footing on offense until week 5, when their defense provided enough spark for their offense to put up 39 points against the Saints.
For the second week in a row, it was Philadelphia’s defense that provided them with the spark they needed to win the game 27-7, landing them in first place in the division at 3-3 with the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 3-3 Giants.Washington was visiting The Jets, who were 3-1 going into the game. Washington went in at 2-3 following an overtime loss to the Falcons. Though the Redskins started the game off well, even ending the first half with a 3 point lead, the Jets put up 17 points in the third quarter, while Washington didn’t score at all. The Redskins lost 20-34, putting them in last place in the division at 2-4 and making week 7’s game against the Buccaneers a must-win to stay competitive in the division.
The Cowboys had their bye week, allowing them time to rest their numerous injuries. They have lost 3 straight games since Tony Romo was sidelined with a collarbone injury, but their bye week has given them enough time to prepare for their game against the Giants in week 7. Dez Bryant may return to the lineup, which would boost their passing considerably even though Romo will still be out. After Brandon Weeden’s 3 losses, Matt Cassel will take the field under center against the Giants, and his performance will likely tell if the Cowboys can keep up with the Giants and Eagles in the standings.