It’s Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season and yet the NFC East is as far as its been from having a truly dominant team. Though the picture may get clearer following Thursday night’s matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, a Giants win puts the entire division at two victories apiece before Sunday’s slate of games. For now, the NFC East is up for grabs. Here’s what the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington have been up to this week in order to pull away from the pack.
Philadelphia Eagles: Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton broke down the Eagles’ final injury report on Wednesday, with five players ruled out for Thursday night. But there was a surprise addition to the injury list early on Thursday — offensive tackle Lane Johnson is now questionable with a high ankle sprain, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Gowton). This complicates matters for the Eagles’ offensive line, because left tackle Jason Peters has lately had to take plays off with a nagging quad injury. There could be chaos on the line tonight.
Another factor for tonight’s game is the weather. Remaining precipitation from Hurricane Michael is expected to have an effect. Alexis Chassen has the weather report, which calls for thunderstorms and a 95 percent chance of precipitation at kickoff. The good news is that wind isn’t going to be a factor, but a wet ball will affect passing for both the Eagles and the Giants.
Dallas Cowboys: The season isn’t even at the halfway point yet, but NFL offenses are already breaking records for points scored and yards earned. That’s not the case for the Cowboys, however. Blogging the Boys’ RJ Ochoa breaks down how the Cowboys have been playing “opposite day” this season, struggling to score points and to adopt their offense to current trends.
Perhaps the problem is a simple one — perhaps it is Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who has been holding Dallas’ offense back. But even if that’s not the issue, Connor Livesay has seen some concerning tape regarding Prescott’s mechanics.
Michael Sisemore also thinks that the Cowboys’ receiver-by-committee approach isn’t working out. His verdict: The Cowboys have made “[a] mis-evaluation of the quarterback’s development and skill set as a passer,” as well as “[a] mis-evaluation of the capabilities of the receiving corp they chose for this committee.”
Washington: Hogs Haven’s Steve Shoup writes that Washington fans should “Be careful what you wish for when considering replacing Jay Gruden.” Restlessness with a 2-2 start has led to many fans wanting Gruden to be canned after the 2018 season, but Shoup breaks down the plethora of head coaching hires around the NFL since 2015 to illustrate just how hard it is to find the Bill Belichick-type that so many fanbases think they deserve.
Scott Jennings provides an injury update on running back Adrian Peterson, who has a shoulder sprain but isn’t expected to miss any time. Jennings also reports that receiver Josh Doctson was back at practice on Thursday, though the heel injury that had him sit out in Week 5 will likely bother him throughout the remainder of the season.