The Dallas Cowboys went to Lambeau Field and won for just the second time in the team’s 57-year history. The victory preserved the Cowboys one-game lead over the Washington Redskins in the NFC East standings.
However, with the Cowboys on a bye this week, the rest of the division has an opportunity to make-up a half-game in the NFC East standings by winning on Sunday.
Each week the staff here at CowboysNation get together and discuss the upcoming games in the NFC East and we provide OUR predictions, scores and analysis of the games in a segment I like to call Feed The Beast. Joining me this week on the Roundtable is analyst Steven Van Over. Here are the NFC East games, times and locations for Week 7:
- New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams 8:30am NFL Twickenham Stadium
- Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles 12:00pm FOX Lincoln Financial Field
- Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions 12:00pm FOX Ford Field
|NFC East Team||W||L||T||Pct||Div||Conf||Streak|
|New York Giants||3||3||0||.500||1-1||2-3||W1|
New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams
Jeremy Bielenberg: Both teams head to London with a 3-3 record. The New York Giants are coming off of a come-from-behind victory over the struggling Baltimore Ravens, while the Los Angeles Rams are trying to rebound from a loss to the Buffalo Bills. So which team overcomes the jet lag and pulls out the victory? The Giants!! Odell Beckham Jr. is coming off a career day with eight receptions for 222 yards and two TD’s, while the Rams are without CB Trumaine Johnson. Neither team has proven capable of closing out a game, therefore I see this one going down to the wire. The Giants win 31-24.
Steven Van Over: When teams travel to London one never really knows how they will “travel.” Going coast to coast can take a lot of wind out of a club’s sails. Going to Europe can sink the ship. The next caveat in game day prediction is health and the Rams are getting elite edge rusher Robert Quinn back to an already suffocating defensive front. the last two weeks have seen teams put 2-3 blockers on DT Aaron Donald. With Quinn back everything changes. I don’t see the Giants having an answer for the Rams pressure. Odell Beckham is playing red hot right now. Problem is, he’s a receiver who needs a QB that has time to throw him the ball. With no running game to speak of and pressure in his face all day long Eli throws a few picks and the Giants come back over the pond with a frustrated Beckham Jr., an abused extra point net and a 3-4 record.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Bielenberg: Two elite defenses in a battle for supremacy, not to mention the whole drama and intrigue of the trading of QB Sam Bradford. Will the Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles to remain undefeated? Or is desperation a good scent for the Eagles? With a divisional match-up against the Dallas Cowboys looming ahead, the Eagles really need to pull this one out. However, with the exception of the divisional game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings have won by nine points or more in every game this season. Look for the Vikings to continue that trend. The Vikings win 24-9.
Steven Van Over: The Eagles defense is for real. I’m not so sold on the Philly offense however. I’m darn sure not sold on their battered offensive line. The Vikings are the better team on paper and on the field. Sam Bradford has to have a huge circle on the calendar for this game as he made it plain in the offseason he took it as a personal offense the team drafted Wentz. How a team can lose their QB of the future AND a future HOF RB then play better than before is a Zimmer led wonder of the world. The Philly signal caller is for real but with the battered offensive line the only thing between him and the Vikings defense it will be Sam Bradford walking away with the winners smile.
Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions
Jeremy Bielenberg: The Washington Redskins are on a four game winning streak. The Lions will be without four of their players this Sunday: Theo Riddick, Eric Ebron, DeAndre Levy and Haloti Ngata. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Lions are coming off a two game winning streak of their own. Both of the Lions’ recent wins were hard fought, close games that came down to a last minute interception by the defense and a game-winning field goal from kicker Matt Prater. Do the Detroit Lions have it in them to pull out a third straight hard fought battle through their defense? Or will their injuries prove to be too much? The Redskins win 20-17.
Steven Van Over: This game will be closer than people think but Washington will be pulling away in the fourth. With their injuries Detroit doesn’t have enough horses in the tank to match up with the red-hot Washington club. Cousins seems to have found his stride and with his weapons at WR that makes Washington deadly on both sides of the ball. The Lions are a solid club but are out gunned. Washington remains with Dallas at the top of the NFC East.
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