By Arnie Leshin
While the Washington Football Team secured an impressive 41-13 rout at the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Thursday, the New York Giants head for the deflated Bengals in Cincinnati Sunday, and on Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles get a visit from the Seattle Seahawks.
Currently, it’s now Washington (4-7) in the top spot of the National Football League’s dismal NFC East, Philly next at 3-6-1 (the tie against Cincinnati), the Giants at 3-7, and Dallas in the basement at 3-8. The Giants, with Bengals’ first pick in the college draft, Joe Burrow, out for the season with a brutal knee injury, go for their fourth-straight win and into a first-place tie with Washington, with the Eagles on hold before the kickoff versus Seattle.
But the following week should be tough tasks for the quartet as all take to the road, Dallas at the Baltimore Ravens (6-4) Thursday night, and on Sunday, Washington at the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0), the Giants at Seattle (7-3), and the Eagles at Green Bay (7-3). These are tough road trips. Pitt is looking to hold on to its unblemished record, the first of its kind since the 1972 Super Bowl-champion Miami Dolphins’ went 17-0, Seattle is in a first place deadlock with the Los Angeles Rams, and although Green Bay is two games ahead of the Chicago Bears, nasty weather and its home field advantage is in its favor.
That’s the present situation, with the Giants holding the 2-0 tiebreaker over Washington, the Football Team the same over Dallas, Philadelphia with a 1-1 split against the Giants, and Dallas in the worse shape, and after defeating the visiting Giants in its previous meeting, now have to play them in New Jersey.
And if there’s any thoughts of this amounting to a “tanked” division, that makes no sense. One of these teams can either wind up in the playoffs while the other three call it a season. No chance of a wild card coming from this division.