NFL Midterms- NFC East

The NFC East is the next midterm given out today. The Dallas Cowboys have hit their stride and are rolling, especially with Miles Austin in the starting lineup. They are finally getting the consistency that has been missing while Wade Phillips has been the coach of the team. The Philadelphia Eagles have had a decent first half, with the veteran mixing well with his younger squad. The New York Giants started great, but have declined drastically. The Washington Redskins have a lot of issues on the offensive side of the ball, and Jim Zorn’s job security is in question.

Dallas Cowboys (6-2)- Grade: A-; The Cowboys have caught fire and are playing their best football yet. A statement win last Sunday night against Philadelphia, the team that eliminated them from playoff contention last weekend has put them in first place in the NFC East. Tony Romo has really turned it on and is more in tune with all of his receivers from Jason Witten to Miles Austin to Sam Hurd. Tashard Choice has been a great running back and has formed a good inside outside tandem with Marion Barber III. On defense, this team is stacked from DeMarcus Ware on the line to Keith Brooking at linebacker to Terrence Newman in the secondary. The thing Cowboys fans should worry about is that will this good momentum in November carry into December, because that is when Romo and the ‘Boys fall off. This time around, it does not seem to be the case.

Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)- Grade: B+; Donovan McNabb has really connected with his younger corps of receivers, and LeSean McCoy is really coming into his own in the place of the injured Brian Westbrook. DeSean Jackson is one of the most exciting deep threats in the NFL, even though the Cowboys did shut him down. Although Mike Vick has not done much in his return so far this season, it is good to see him on the field in the NFL. The Eagles defense is one of the best when it comes to blitzing. They get to the quarterback better than any other team. They have to keep up with the Cowboys to have any shot of the NFC East crown. However it’s the first half of the season, and eight games can make a difference.

New York Giants (5-4)- Grade: B; The Giants had a great start, then the bottom felt out in the last four weeks and the bye week came at the perfect time. Tom Coughlin took the blame for the San Diego loss last week, but the past three weeks, Eli Manning just has not facilitated the offense and there is no passion from the defense. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora have been injured, Antonio Pierce can do but so much, and the secondary is just weak. The Giants mercifully have a bye week to correct these problems, and if they can get the ship correct, they will be back among the NFC’s best.

Washington Redskins (2-6)- Grade: D; The Redskins have a great defense, anchored by the $100M man, Albert Haynesworth. Brian Orakpo has been a good addition on defense, as well. But the offense is stagnant, and Jason Campbell is not the best fit at quarterback. Clinton Portis is out with a concussion, but he hasn’t been all that effective this season and Campbell’s ineffectiveness has had its effect on Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El. The offensive inefficiency has cost head coach Jim Zorn his playcalling duties. The team has lost to the Lions and along with that, Redskins owner Dan Snyder really did not say much about it besides that he is disappointed and dodging media questiions about the team.

Coming next: The NFC West

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