After watching the Cowboys and Giants game on Sunday Night Football, I came away thinking that the Eagles may stand a chance in the NFC East this season. Chip Kelly and the Birds can put this division on notice with a solid victory tonight versus the defending NFC East champs.
The Dallas/New York game was a comedy of errors that featured seven total turnovers, 11 penalties and two defensive touchdowns.
Despite six turnovers by the Giants, Dallas could not put New York away. Eli Manning and David Wilson committed turnovers on each of the Giants’ first three possessions, but were still able to tie the game at 3-3 by the end of the first quarter.
After two more New York turnovers, the Giants still had a chance for a game-winning drive with two minutes and 41 seconds left in the game. The score was 30-24 at the time. However, Manning threw his third pick of the night which was promptly returned for a game-sealing touchdown by Dallas.
Neither team could muster a running game and both had their problems in the passing game. Don’t let the 36-31 score fool you. Though both offenses had their moments, they predominantly looked out of sync.
Jason Garrett had his play-calling duties stripped this season, but there were no improvements in that category by Bill Callahan. That was exemplified by the first series of the game when, after first-play INT by Manning set Dallas up at the New York 15 yard line, they went three-straight plays to the left with DeMarco Murray that resulted in eight yards.
It was a baffling, Andy Reid-esque sequence of play-calling.
Usually teams go for the throat immediately in a situation like that, but Dallas was timid and it cost them. Hell, Callahan couldn’t figure out a way to get the ball into the hands of their most dominant play-maker in Dez Bryant.
Sure, Bryant was double-covered often, but he’s a play-maker. Teams find ways to get these guys the ball. If other offensive coordinators can devise ways to get guys like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones the ball, Callahan better figure out how to do the same for Bryant.
In any case, Eli and Romo were their usual erratic selves and both defenses gave up a combined 809 total yards. The Giants couldn’t stop turning the ball over and the Cowboys couldn’t figure out how to take advantage of that.
The Eagles have a chance to put the division on notice tonight with a solid performance. They will have flaws, but so does the rest of the East. Unless Washington looks like world-beaters tonight, there is not a run-away team in this division.
The Eagles stand as good of chance as the rest of them, as oddly as that may sound. Instead of the best team winning the division, it may come down to who stinks the least.
Can the Eagles stink the least?
If anything, it’s always good seeing Eli Manning doing this: