Will the NY Giants be able to capitalize on a relatively manageable schedule down the stretch and win the NFC East in head coach Joe Judge’s first season?
Someone has to win the NFC East, and suddenly after beating the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles in consecutive weeks heading into the bye, the NY Giants just might be in the driver’s seat.
Entering Week 12, the Eagles, Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington all have three wins but the Eagles sit atop the standings by virtue of tying the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season.
Can the Giants do enough over the final six week sprint to cap head coach Joe Judge’s first season with a playoff berth? Or, will the Eagles finally get right around quarterback Carson Wentz and hold on?
Here are our predictions for how every remaining game for the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, and Washington along with final standings projections:
Week 12: @ Seattle Seahawks – LOSS
Talk about two franchises headed in opposite directions. Russell Wilson could be a unanimous MVP, after going his entire career without receiving a single MVP vote, while Carson Wentz looks broken and the Eagles are staring down the barrel of a historically difficult offseason currently sitting $67 million over the cap. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t seem to have the answers, and there will be many more questions in Philadelphia after Sunday.
Week 13: vs. Green Bay Packers – LOSS
Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts should send alarm bells echoing throughout the state of Wisconsin. But, the good news for the Packers and bad news for the Eagles, is that Philadelphia made Baker Mayfield look like Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, allowing the Browns quarterback to pass for 204 yards in a monsoon. Rodgers might double that output.
Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints – LOSS
Boy, the schedule-makers did the Eagles no favors. There’s a legitimate chance the Eagles are riding a four game losing streak into a matchup against Sean Payton, Taysom Hill and the Saints. Hill looked plenty competent on Sunday, passing for 233 yards and rushing for two touchdowns. The Saints have only lost to the Eagles twice since 2006, going 7-2 over that span. There’s a good chance Payton and Co. collect win No. 8 over the Eagles this year …
Week 15: @ Arizona Cardinals – LOSS
The Cardinals are among the most electrifying and exciting young teams in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Eagles are struggling mightily on both sides of the football. Kyler Murray puts on a show, and puts the Eagles further behind the eight-ball …
Week 16: @ Dallas Cowboys – WIN
There’s a chance the Cowboys will be leading the division at this point, particularly if things go as poorly for Philadelphia as they have the chance to over the next month. But, in this division, it doesn’t seem like anyone has the ability to create real separation. It’s easier to win these kind of potential playoff games when you’ve had a track record of doing so in the past, which is why the Eagles should squeak out with a win over their hated rivals.
Week 17: vs. Washington Football Team – WIN
The Eagles’ Week 1 loss at FedExField wound up being a harbinger of the struggles ahead for Wentz, Pederson, and Co. The Eagles do their part, exacting some revenge to close out the season, before departing for social-distanced viewing of Giants-Cowboys to see if their win is enough win the division and sneak into the postseason.