The NFC East has to have a division winner which sucks because there isn’t a single team in that division that deserves to play in the postseason but those are the rules and so here we are. The Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team and New York Giants are the three teams that are still alive in the race. Washington is in the driver’s seat as they just need to win and they are in.
But Wahsington is most likely without Alex Smith and they could be starting Taylor Heinicke who has thrown just 77 passes in his NFL career. The former Old Dominion quarterback is not necessarily the starter I would want to go with in a must-win game to make the playoffs, but here we are. Dallas and New York just need the Football Team to lose and then the winner of their game will be crowned the NFC East champion. It’s a title that has no true weight behind it but it is what it is.
Dallas and New York have both had roller coaster seasons. Dallas got off to a bad start which was turned worse the last time they played the Giants as Dak Prescott blew up his ankle and was lost for the season. Then Dallas went off the deep end but just recently they’ve started to win a couple games and get back into contention. The Giants started their season 0-5, then went on a nice little winning streak and it’s been all downhill from there. Daniel Jones was injured for two games but now that he is back, the Giants have a more consistent offense.
Either way, one of these three terrible teams are going to make the playoffs and it could come down to this game. Although, this game will be played during the day and the Washington game will be played at night, setting up an epic viewing party for either the Cowboys or the Giants.
Andy Dalton has been good as of late but he has been all over the map and just one bad game from the quarterback who was ditched by the Bengals could mean the season is over for Cincy.
Keys to the Game:
New York Giants, Establish a Run Game: When the Giants run the ball well, they play really well and that is when Daniel Jones is able to become a game manager that can rely on others. The Giants have a breakout star in Wayne Gallman but he was limited to just six attempts and 27 yards in last week’s game against the Ravens. Gallman is a major part of this Giants offense and Dallas ranks dead last in rush defense in the league. If the Giants want to win, they need to plan to ground and pound.
Dallas Cowboys, Infiltrate the Pass Defense
The Giants have been able to shut down a few prominent quarterbacks this season but the Cowboys have had the offense going and their trio of wide receivers have been killer. If Andy Dalton has a day to remember, the Cowboys could be playing in the postseason.
Cowboys 24 Giants 26
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com