NFC Beast: analysis on the NFC East

Image via New York Times

Image via New York Times

Aidan Thomas, Staff Writer

In 2020, the NFC East was a laughing stock of the league and the worst division in the NFL. Now, all four teams are making great playoff runs with incredible records. The NFC East contains four teams, the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC East are led by some of the best defenses in the league with rivals who have fantastic records and great offenses. This division is now on the verge of creating history by all four teams projected to make the playoffs.

In week eight of the NFL 2022-2023 season, the Philadelphia Eagles nearly went undefeated but had an abrupt, upset loss to the Washington Commanders. This didn’t stop them from winning games, but instead lowered their team morale and slowed some of their best players’ pace. This would later change with the addition of Ndamukong Suh, improving their defensive line and pushing their defense’s mentality, this would eventually help their team to keep winning games. Apart from the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss against the Washington Commanders, the Philadelphia Eagles have still not lost against any team as far as week 11. The Philadelphia Eagles are first in the NFC East.

In the first week of the NFL 2022-2023 season, the Dallas Cowboys suffered a brutal loss with quarterback Dak Prescott out with a finger injury. Although this was an unfortunate situation, the Cowboys managed with an outstanding performance by backup Quarterback, Cooper Rush, who won four out of five games as the starting quarterback. Finally, in week seven, Dak Prescott returned to the team healthy, but took another blow to the offense, as running back Eziekiel Elliot endured a partly torn PCL injury. This didn’t stop the Cowboy’s offensive whatsoever, as backup running back Tony Pollard played excellent. This goes to show, the Dallas Cowboys demonstrate resilience and next-man-up mentality. The Dallas Cowboys, as of week 12, are second in the NFC East.

In the beginning of the 2022-2023 NFL season, the New York Giants started off strong going six for eight, losing against the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. The New York Giants are a ‘run heavy’ offense led by, all-pro, Saquon Barkley. The Giants have a new, talented head coach, Brian Daboll. With an experienced, new head coach, who’s been the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Cleveland Browns, the Giants offense has come alive with new plays and player utilization. Although their defense is average, the Giants make it up by having a great offense with little to no competition in the league so far as running the ball. The New York Giants, as of week 12, are third in the NFC East. 

The Washington Commanders have proved themselves that they aren’t the same bland, awful team. With starting Quarterback Taylor Heinike leading the Washington offense, the Washington Commanders have established themselves as serious playoff contenders. Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson have been a great rushing duo and one of the best backfield combinations across the league. With defensive players like Montez Sweat and Jonathon Allen, the Washington Commanders are threats to run heavy offenses. 

To conclude, all four teams of the NFC East are spectacular in many ways and are in line to make the playoffs.