By Arnie Leshin
At this point, everybody in the National Football League East Division has won a Super Bowl. Today, anyone of them can win the same division and have a chance to even win another Super Bowl.
Here’s the way the hapless 4-team group is looking as the most dismal division in this professional league: If you are seeking a first-place team, you have a choice. As the 1-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles await a Thursday nightvisit from the 1-5-0 New York Giants. you can say they now occupy the top spot. Then there’s the 2-5-0 Dallas Cowboys who were routed, 38-10, by the visiting non-division opponent Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. And can’t forget the Washington Football Team, its new temporary label after it closed out the controversial “Redskins.” It is 1-5 after losing on the road to the New Jersey-based Giants.
There, now you see, now you can believe it. Philly has just lost two more starters, and its one tie game can hurt more then help. The Giants are getting better results from their young quarterback Daniel Jones, their first-round draft out of Duke. He is moving the ball with his arm and now with his legs, sprinting 58 yards on one touchdown drive, and totaling 73 yards on seven carries versus Washington.
Dallas has lost its number one quarterback, Dak Prescott, to a season-ending broken ankle that occurred in the Giants’ game and has had an up-and-down performance from Andy Dalton, who did spend nine years as the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Washington? Well, it, too, could finish maybe first or even last.
So, as you see, this division is up for grabs. Imagine, it has five wins, 19 defeats and the one tie. Now if you check the rest of the NFL, there are six teams already having at least five victories — the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks all unbeaten in five starts, the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs all at 5-1.
Now a quick glance at this NFL East has it scoring 523 points and giving up 736. The, ha, ha, top of the heap Eagles have a minus 34 with 141 points posted and 175 allowed. The Cowboys are right up there, too, with a minus 45 on 173 points turned in and 249 yielded. The Empire State-Garden State Giants minus 51 with 101 scored points and 152 given up. And then there’s Washington new temp names with 108 points scored and 162 yielded for a minus 64, the largest minus of the quartet.
So what do you do? Well, if these are one of your teams, hey you actually can root for a division title because it’s very doubtful that a wild card won’t come from this division.
Upcoming Schedule of NFL EAST (divisionopponents in CAPS:)
Thursday, Oct. 22, home to GIANTS
Sunday, Oct. 29, home to Baltimore
Sunday, Nov. 8, Bye
Sunday, Nov. 15, at GIANTS
Sunday, Nov. 22, at Cleveland
Monday, Nov. 30, home to Seattle
Sunday, Dec. 6, at Green Bay
Sunday, Dec. 13, home to New Orleans
Sunday, Dec. 20, at Arizona
Sunday, Dec. 27, at DALLAS
Sunday, Jan. 3, home to WASHINGTON
Sunday, Oct. 25, at WASHINGTON
Sunday, Nov. 1, at PHILADELPHIA
Sunday, Nov. 8, home to Pittsburgh
Sunday, Nov. 15, Bye
Sunday, Nov. 22, at Minneapolis
Thursday, Nov. 26, home to WASHINGTON
Sunday, Dec. 3, at Baltimore
Thursday, Dec. 13, at Cincinnati
Sunday, Dec. 20, home to San Francisco
Sunday, Dec. 27, home to Philadelphia
Sunday, Jan. 3, at GIANTS
NEW YORK GIANTS:
Thursday, Oct. 22, at PHILADELPHIA
Monday, Nov. 2, home to Tampa Bay
Sunday, Nov. 8, at WASHINGTON
Sunday, Nov. 15, home to PHILADELPHIA
Sunday, Nov. 22, (Bye)
Sunday, Nov. 29, at Cincinnati
Sunday, Dec. 6, at Seattle
Sunday, Dec. 13, home to Arizona
Sunday, Dec. 20, home to Cleveland
Sunday, Dec. 27, at Baltimore
Sunday, Jan. 3, home to DALLAS
WASHINGTON FB TEAM:
Sunday, Oct. 25, home to DALLAS
Sunday, Nov. 1 (Bye)
Sunday, Nov. 8, home to GIANTS
Sunday, Nov. 15, at Detroit
Sunday, Nov. 22, home to Cincinnati
Thursday, Nov. 26, at DALLAS
Sunday, Dec. 6, at Pittsburgh
Sunday, Dec. 13, at San Francisco
Sunday, Dec. 20, home to Seattle
Sunday, Dec. 27, home to Cleveland
Sunday, Jan. 3, at PHILADELPHIA