We’re now two weeks through the 2019 NFL season, and yes, it’s probably still a little too early to lock-in the fates for each team. With that being said, Week 2 saw some NFC East teams continue both positive and negative trends, while others dealt with some new adversity.
With one-eighth of the NFL season wrapped up, here’s where the NFC East stands:
NFC EAST UPDATE WEEK 2:
1. Dallas Cowboys (2-0)
Things have pretty much gone as smooth as possible for Dallas through two weeks. Ezekiel Elliott is back with the team and looking like his dominant self, rushing for 111 yards and a score against the Redskins. Dak Prescott is certainly making a case for his desired new paycheck, putting up 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday while showing his ability to stretch the field and find a plethora of targets in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup (who will miss some time), Jason Witten and more. Behind the new direction of wiz-kid offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Prescott and Elliott are looking like the lethal combo that took the league by storm during their rookie campaigns.
Add that to a stout defense and Dallas looks to be in a position to have plenty of success both in the division and the conference in 2019. A 2-0 start is what all teams strive for, but a 2-0 start with both wins coming against NFC East opponents? It doesn’t get much better than that.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Philadelphia was able to rebound from a slow start in Week 1 against the Redskins to pick up a win, but the same couldn’t be said for Week 2 against the Falcons. Despite rallying late, a final-minute score by Julio Jones and a costly drop from Nelson Agholor dropped the Eagles back to .500.
While waiting until the second half to play better football isn’t the best recipe for success, the bigger concern is the injury bug that stuck in Atlanta. Not only did Carson Wentz have to go through the concussion protocol and deal with what looked like a rib injury, but Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are both expected to miss a little time with injuries as well while defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered a broken foot during the contest.
The Eagles still have a ton of talent and the ability to be as good as anyone, but we all know how quickly injuries can derail a season.
3. New York Giants (0-2)
Don’t worry Redskins fans, you’re not alone in the bottom of the NFC East. 2019 has not been kind to the Giants so far. At 0-2 and being outscored 63-31, there haven’t been many positives to take away besides Saquon Barkley’s freakish athleticism.
But, Week 3 will bring with it some optimism as the Daniel Jones era is officially set to begin. The No. 6 overall pick impressed in limited preseason action, and now has the opportunity to show that he was worth the selection that so many criticized just a few months ago.
4. Washington Redskins (0-2)
Unlike the Cowboys who are sitting pretty with a 2-0 divisional record, the Redskins are the direct opposite. Now 0-2 after falling to Dallas, things are beginning to spiral in Washington.
The team once again faltered in the second half on Sunday, and despite Adrian Peterson scoring a historic touchdown, the run game was once again abandoned when the Redskins began trailing. More problems with penalties and some porous defense at times made Sunday’s home opener a long one. To add literal insult to injury, the Redskins injury report continues to get longer. In addition to Jordan Reed and Jonathan Allen dealing with injuries, both Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau were absent on Sunday, leaving the secondary thin.
There is one bright spot for the Redskins, and that’s Terry McLaurin. The rookie receiver followed up a superb debut with another big performance, wracking in five balls for 62 yards and his second touchdown of the season. It happened fast, but the third-round pick seems to be a No.1 option in the offense.
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