NFC “Least” No Longer, the East is for Real


As we near the halfway mark of the NFL season, one point of conversation many fans are having is around the amount of “bad football,” as Tom Brady put it. Scoring is lower than in seasons past, and the quarterback play around the league seems to be on a lower level than in recent years. Over half the teams in the NFL currently have losing records, and even fans are having a hard time watching their favorite teams.

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However, even though the league as a whole seems like it’s in a bad shape, the NFC East has stepped up and shown out and has 3 teams playing some of the best football right now. Perennial underdogs, the NFC East has been dubbed the “NFC Least” in recent years; however, this season, they are proving the doubters wrong. A lot of talks have swirled around Dallas as always, and Cooper Rush’s run captured the nation, but today let’s talk about the other two teams who are not just at the top of the division but the whole league.

NY Giants

If someone had told me prior to the start of the season that the NFC Giants would be in sole possession of 2nd place in the NFL come Week 8, I’d laugh in your face and inevitably lose my firstborn child or whatever other crazy wager I’d made. The Giants have shocked everyone and are sitting at 6-1 and have seemingly finally found a way to put the pieces together under first-year head coach Brian Daboll. They have one of the best run games in the league, led by Saquon Barkley, who currently has 726 rushing yards averaging an insane 5.1 yards a carry.

Daniel Jones doesn’t look amazing, but New York’s NFC offense doesn’t need him to. Jones looks better than any season prior, cutting down on interceptions that have plagued his career up to this point. He currently has a 62.7 QBR which though it may not sound impressive puts ranks him 6th in the league in QBR. The defense plays with a lot of heart and has continually pulled out close games, as every game for the  NFC Giants has been a one-possession game. No matter your fandom, it’s hard not to root for this Giants squad.

Philadelphia Eagles

Coming into the season, Jalen Hurts still had his doubters. I don’t know anyone questioning the 24-year-old now, as he has stepped up and led this Eagles team to a quick 6-0 record and the only undefeated team post Week 3. Hurts put up 1,514 yards and 6 TDs while only throwing 2 INTs. Also picking up 293 yards on the ground and another 6 TDs. All of this in the span of six games, mind you. Hurts is on another level and putting on a show this year.

Both sides of the ball are excelling, as the Eagles rank #4 in the league in both points per game and points allowed per game. The defense is top five in yards allowed per game and yards allowed per play as well. The Eagles are definitely one of the top teams in the league and a fun one to watch for sure.


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