Behind Enemy Lines – Dismantling the NFC East in Week 4

Yet another week of abysmal results for the NFC East rivals. The Cowboys refuse to play defense, The Giants seem to have completely stalled without Barkley and Washington appear to have already given up on their quarterback.


(Photo Credit: John Kuntz, cleveland.com)


Dallas Cowboys


Dallas did it again against the Browns…almost! Down by as many as 27 points in the 4th quarter, they scored 24 consecutive points only to have Odell Beckham Jr. slam the door in their faces with a 50 yard touchdown run. The final score was an embarrassing loss 49-38 to the Cleveland team. Dak Prescott finished on 41/58, 502 Yards, 4 TDs and 1 Interception. He is on pace for 6,760 Yards Passing. Although the argument can be made that a lot of this is due to “junk time”, the offense is looking very explosive and able to will themselves back into any game with their impressive firepower. Amari Copper finished on 134 Yards and 1 TD, CeeDee Lamb ended up with 79 Yards and 2 TDs and Shultz grabbed the other TD and caught 4 targets for 71 Yards. Zeke Elliot had 125 scrimmage yards but was held out of the end zone. The Cowboys Defense is shaping up to becoming “historically bad”. Through 4 games they have now allowed 146 points (36.5 per game).


The Cowboys lost C Joe Looney on Sunday to a knee injury. It is reported that he could miss up to 3 weeks. Rookie Tyler Biadasz will start for Dallas in his place. TE Dalton Schultz is currently being listed as questionable for Week 5 with a thigh injury.


The 1-3 Dallas Cowboys will are up against the New York Giants on Sunday. They head into the game as strong favorites and despite their defensive woes, it would be extremely surprising if they do not outscore the G-Men.


New York Giants


Despite holding the Rams to less than 20 points, the Giants succumbed to their opponents (9-17) in L.A. and now boast a 0-4 record heading into Week 5. The game was over when Daniel Jones threw an interception with 52 seconds left on the clock in an attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. It was another underwhelming game by the young quarterback who threw for only 190 yards and zero TDs. He was also sacked 5 times. The running game was again insufficient with top rushers being Wayne Gallman (6 Carries, 45 yards), Daniel Jones (6 carries, 45 yards) and Devonta Freeman (11 carries, 33 yards). In the passing game, Darius Slayton registered 3 catches for 48 yards, Freeman and Evan Engram finished on 35 yards each and Damion Ratley finished on 34 yards. It was an altogether forgettable performance by the Giants.


In terms of injuries, the Giants currently have S Jabrill Peppers listed as questionable for Week 5 with an ankle injury. Also listed as questionable are S Adrian Colbert (neck) and LB Oshane Ximines (shoulder). On a positive note, LB David Mayo (meniscus) is now eligible to return to the active roster from IR however, a decision has not at this point been made.


Beating the Giants on Sunday will be a very tough task indeed. As harmless as the New York Offense has looked since losing Saquon Barkley, it would not be surprising if they can score points on the Cowboys but stopping Dak Prescott and the talented Dallas receivers will be an altogether different challenge.


Washington Football Team


Washington slipped to a 1-3 record after losing to the Baltimore Ravens 31-17 in Week 4. It was a comfortable win for Baltimore who capitalized on their opportunities to score. Dwayne Haskins threw for a career high 314 Yards going 32 for 45 but was sacked 3 times. It was the usual suspects putting up the numbers for The Football Team: Antonio Gibson rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown and had another 82 yards receiving. Terry McLaurin finished with 118 reception yards on 10 catches. Defensively Washington held the Ravens Offense to 7 points in the first quarter but a 50 yard rushing TD by Lamar Jackson and a TD pass to Mark Andrews with less than 2 minutes in the second quarter put the game out of reach.


Washington have 4 players listed as questionable at this point going into Week 5: CB Greg Stroman (foot), LB Cole Holcomb (knee), WR Steven Sims (toe) and DE Chase Young (groin).G Michael Liedtke and LB Reuben Foster are both eligible to return from IR this week although at this point, there is no sign that this will take place. It was announced today that Washington will be making a change at QB. They will be starting Kyle Allen on Sunday.


Next opponent for The Football Team are the 3-1 L.A. Rams. Currently the Rams have 3 players listed as questionable going into Sunday, those being LB Micah Kaiser (groin) RB Cam Akers (ribs) and Jordan Fuller (shoulder). They are favourites to win but another low scoring performance could give Washington the opportunity to steal a victory.




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