Four weeks into the season and the New York Giants’ NFC East rivals are all sitting at two wins apiece. The divisional logjam is good news for the one-win Giants, with no team running away in the win column, but it also means all four teams are heading into a crucial month of the season. Here is what the Cowboys, Eagles and Washington are up to heading into their respective Week 5 matchups.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys’ Week 4 win over the Detroit Lions was the latest contest to feature a screen pass-turned-touchdown to Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott. Blogging the Boys’ Michael Strawn breaks down this play that (almost) always works out in the Cowboys’ favor.
Meanwhile, Tom Ryle takes a look at Dallas’ Week 5 injury report ahead of their meeting with the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Elliott was a full participant on Wednesday, while it appears linebacker Sean Lee is set to miss another game.
Philadelphia Eagles: The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have opened to a 2-2 start, not what the team was exactly expecting given the successes of a season ago. But three of the four teams in the NFC East hitting the two-win mark through three games.
And, as Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton points out, a 2-2 start for Philadelphia has historically been a precursor for at least a playoff appearance, which means: Eagles fans, calm down. The Eagles are also modest, three-point home favorites against the Minnesota Vikings this week. The two teams’ injury reports can be found here.
Washington: Washington had a bye in Week 4, which is good time to take stock of where the team stands. Hogs Haven’s Mark Tyler assesses the team’s studs and duds through their first three games. Running back Adrian Peterson is among the early standouts, while pricey cornerback Josh Norman lands in the ‘dud’ category, having recorded no passes defensed so far this year.
Scott Jennings reports on a practice squad signing, with running back Mack Brown rejoining the team after a 2017 spent mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. With Rob Kelley sent to injured reserve and Kapri Bibbs thus called up to the 53-man roster, Washington needed a new practice squad back. Brown is the convenient choice, having spent 2015-2017 with the team.