“Its all going East”
The NFC East had a Superbowl Champion for the first time since 2011 when the Philadelphia Eagles won their first one ever last season. This division has big market teams however in recent seasons they have not really reached the expectations of their fanbases. Its looks a similar story this season.
This week’s NFC East match up:
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles – London – Monday 2.30am NZ Time
This week’s game from London features two teams that seem to hit their heights last season and are struggling this. The Eagles have gone from the pinnacle of being Superbowl champions to being a 3-4 record team in their division. Quarterback Carson Wentz’s injury carried onto this season and he’s only just come back however they definitely are in a Superbowl hangover. They just don’t look as sharp as last season. Here they face a Jacksonville team with the same record and in the same boat. Last season they were one game away from going to the big dance. This season they will struggle to make the playoffs. London games are always hard to pick as there is no home advantage however the Eagles are the favourites which is probably right. Take the Eagles -3.5
Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Monday 6am NZ time
A divisional clash sees current leaders the Washington Redskins go into New York trying to ply more misery on to the hapless New York Giants. The Giants have hit rock bottom. They had an ideal opportunity to rebuild with their 2nd pick in this years draft however instead of taking one of three quarterbacks left in the top 10 they took a running back. Saquon Barkley is a great player however the Giants really needed a quarterback and its all coming home to roost with the form of veteran Eli Manning. Their 1-5 record says it all. Meanwhile the Washington Redskins are quietly going along their business and a solid 4-2 record. Veteran quarterback Alex Smith is managing the games in his normal manner and another veteran running back Adrian Peterson seems to have found a new lease of life. The Redskins are traditionally dysfunctional and their owner Dan Snyder does not help by seeming disenfranchising his fa base however maybe his season they might have a playoff run. The Redskins are getting a small point start in New York. Good value. Take the Redskins -1.5
The other team in the NFC are the Dallas Cowboys who have a bye this week. They certainly created some headlines this week trading a first round draft pick in 2019 with the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Cowboys are also one of the NFLs more dysfunctional teams with some megalomaniac ownership and General Manager in Jerry Jones and his extended family. Expect another attempt at a rebuild next season as this season so far is not looking great with a 3-4 record. Amari Coper possibly does not realise what he’s heading into.
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