NFC East Week 2 Recap

NFC East Week 2 Recap

Cowboys 31, Redskins 21

Dallas moved to 2-0 with its second consecutive decisive division victory. Led by another impressive performance from Dak Prescott, going 26 of 30 for 269 with three TDs and rushing for another 69 yards. Ezekiel Elliott added 111 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries. The only negative to come out of this game is that the Cowboys will lose impressive second-year receiver Michael Gallup for two to four weeks with a slight meniscus tear. Dallas gets the hapless Miami Dolphins at home next week.

For Washington, the running game was nonexistent once again. Adrian Peterson, filling in for an injured Derrius Guice, only managed 25 yards on 10 carries. The defense also got burned by the deep pass for the second straight week as Josh Norman allowed Dominic Smith to get behind him for a 51-yard touchdown catch. They’ll be looking for their first win of the season next week when they host the Bears.

Bills 28, Giants 14

Almost a carbon copy of last week’s loss, the Giants scored early on the legs of Saquon Barkley, but couldn’t do much else on either side of the ball as they fall to 0-2 for the third consecutive year. Barkley ended up with 107 yards a touchdown on 18 carries, but got no help from the passing game as Eli Manning only completed 26 of 45 passes and threw two interceptions. Head coach Pat Shurmur, in an interview on Monday morning, seemed very noncommittal on who the starting quarterback would be next week when they visit Tampa. We could be seeing the beginning of the Daniel Jones era very, very soon.

Falcons 24, Eagles 20

The Eagles couldn’t quite overcome the rash of injuries that befell them in this game, as a late Julio Jones touchdown was the deciding score. Philadelphia lost tight end Dallas Goedert to a calf injury in pre-game warmups and receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson to calf and groin injuries, respectively, in the first quarter. Carson Wentz was very inaccurate in the first half taking a shot to the ribs and even leaving the game for a few plays as he was in concussion protocol. Wentz looked much better in the second half, throwing a touchdown to Nelson Agholor and rushing for another as they took the lead late. However, it was defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz sending the house one too many times that led to a well-timed and well-executed screen pass to Jones that resulted in the winning touchdown with about two minutes left in the game. Wentz led the Eagles down inside the Atlanta 20 in the ensuing drive, but a incomprehensible drop by Agholor (that probably would’ve been a touchdown) and a 4th down catch by Zach Ertz, that came up inches short, ended any hope of pulling out the victory. They head back home to host the Lions next week.