(CBS Philadelphia) — Ought to the NFC East simply go forward and alter their title to the NFC Least? Heading into Week 6, the division presently has 4 wins amongst its 4 groups. For reference, the Baltimore Ravens, who the Philadelphia Eagles will host, even have 4 wins. The excellent news is that the division’s grand whole will in all probability enhance by one, with an intra-division battle additionally on the schedule.
CBS Philadelphia sports activities director Don Bell attracts the unenviable process of breaking down the video games within the NFL’s worst division.
All instances listed are Jap.
Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, October 18 @ 1:00 p.m. ET (CBS)
The one upside to the Eagles’ 1-3-1 begin is that they’re nonetheless very a lot within the hunt for the division title. They’re unlikely to realize any floor in opposition to a Ravens crew with Tremendous Bowl aspirations. “Neglect in regards to the motion on the sphere,” says Bell, “you instantly discover that the Ravens have a stronger roster, high to backside. There’s a purpose that they gained 13-plus video games final yr. They usually even have the reigning MVP in Lamar Jackson.”
However the line of scrimmage is the place the essential battles will play out. Carson Wentz has been sacked 19 instances to this point this season, together with 5 instances final week in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“On the offensive line for the Birds, they positively have some points,” in keeping with Bell. “Lane Johnson, their three-time Professional Bowl proper sort out, is having some points with an ankle, and he’s in search of a second opinion. That’s dangerous information. And solely Jason Kelce is the man who was scheduled to start out from the very starting of the season, who’s in that lineup and totally wholesome.”
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They’ll be going through a Ravens protection that’s already collected 16 sacks, together with seven in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals final week. “I actually suppose that the sport goes to be gained between the trenches,” says Bell. “From sort out to sort out, on either side of the ball, the physicality of the Baltimore Ravens goes to be an excessive amount of for the Eagles to deal with.”
“I’m positively taking the Ravens on this recreation,” says Bell.
Washington Soccer Workforce @ New York Giants, Sunday, October 18 @ 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
The Washington Soccer Workforce opened the season with a win and has misplaced each recreation since. This week, they face an opponent who has but to win a recreation this season within the New York Giants.
Washington made a change at quarterback final week, inserting Kyle Allen because the starter and it, didn’t precisely go effectively. Allen accomplished 9-of-13 passes for 74 yards earlier than struggling an damage and being changed by Alex Smith. Head coach Ron Rivera has stated that Allen would be the starter once more this week, although it’s unclear how lengthy of a leash he’ll be given.
Allen will face a Giants protection that has been pretty efficient this season, rating in the course of the street in most classes. Like Washington, the larger points have been on the offensive facet of the ball the place, previous to final week, the Giants had scored simply three touchdowns all season. Towards the Cowboys, Daniel Jones and firm discovered a rhythm, however nonetheless totaled simply 300 yards.
Because the two groups a reasonably comparable in play to date, Bell says it comes all the way down to the very best unit on the sphere.
“I believe it’s the Washington cross rush. Their entrance seven is one thing to behold, particularly after they can get you into identified downs and distances. They will pin their ears again and go forward and chase the quarterback Daniel Jones,” stated Bell. “So I just like the Washington Soccer Workforce on this matchup, despite the fact that it’s on the street.”
Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys, Monday, October 19 @ 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Lastly, the division-leading Cowboys embark on the subsequent part of their season after shedding quarterback Dak Prescott to damage final week. Bell, like many across the league this week, prolonged his sympathies to Prescott.
“To begin with, I really feel actually dangerous for Dak Prescott. I believe that he was going to receives a commission a complete lot of cash. And I believe he’s a very good quarterback,” stated Bell.
However, the season continues on and for Dallas meaning Andy Dalton stepping in to take over the offense. The previous Cincinnati Bengals starter has been strong in his profession and Bell thinks that would be the case once more in Dallas.
“Bringing in Andy Dalton just isn’t a nasty factor. Andy Dalton, with all these weapons round him… even when he had these kinds of weapons round him in Cincinnati was in a position to get you 10 wins a yr and get into the postseason. So I believe the Dallas Cowboys are in some fairly first rate form with Andy Dalton,” stated Bell.
However, whereas the offense will likely be high quality, the protection stays an issue. The Cowboys gave up 34 factors to the league’s worst offense final week within the New York Giants and this week, they face the Arizona Cardinals who’ve been flashy on offense this yr. Quarterback Kyler Murray presents a risk each within the passing recreation and as a runner and Bell doesn’t imagine the Cowboys have a solution for him.
“Their (the Cowboys) protection is terrible. So I like Arizona on this recreation to go on the street and get it achieved. As a result of Kyler Murray, I don’t suppose they’ve a solution for him,” stated Bell.