After 14 weeks, the NFC East has turned a late corner. Four wins in four games by the flailing four. Close games were the story of last week’s match-ups, including last-second wins by both Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, an overtime win by the Redskins, and a beating delivered to the New Orleans Saints by the New York Giants.
Speaking of which, Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a brilliant game against the Saints. Brilliant enough to move him up the ladder in the QB rankings by two rungs.
- Eli Manning (up 2)
What can be said about the Giants’ win over the Saints other than “Wow?” Had rookie David Wilson not returned a 97-yard kickoff and rushed for two more TDs, the Giants still would have won this lopsided romp behind Manning’s steady arm. Throwing for four TDs, Manning was 22/35 for 259 yards. Most importantly, Manning helped keep his team a step ahead of the red hot Washington Redskins and the Number Two QB in the NFC East.
- Robert Griffin III (down one)
“Superman” as I’ve heard him called in the media had a solid game, but throwing for a touchdown, 15/26 and 242 yards is no way to stay on top of the rankings. Besides, Griffin injured his LCL on the right knee in the final minutes of Baltimore game. Rookie back-up Kirk Cousins then came in and won that game in dramatic fashion, completing Griffin’s drive, rushing for a 2-point conversion to take it to OT. A Kai Forbath 34-yard field goal sealed the game.
If Cousins starts on Sunday, he could easily take over Griffin’s place in the rankings.
- Nick Foles (up one)
Hallelujah and pass the cheese steak, the Eagles won a game behind their rookie QB. In another NFC East game won in high fashion (a winning TD as time expired), Foles was directly responsible for 21 points, a rushing TD and two in the air.
The kid looks comfortable in the pocket now, and while the game got off to a slow start, Foles found his rhythm and ended up throwing 32/51 for 381 yards.
- Tony Romo (down one)
The Cowboys managed to stay a game behind the Giants with their win over Cincinnati, but Romo threw an interception and the game had to be won as time expired. In what was a big outing for both teams, Romo got enough done to win, but it was a maximum minimum effort. Maybe his mind was on the tragedy that transpired the morning before in Dallas (tackle Josh Brent’s “accident” and the death of practice squad member Jerry Brown), but squeakers like last week’s will not ensure the Cowboys a post-season bid.