What is Wrong and Right With Every Team in the NFC East

New York Giants 1-5

Let's start off with the last place Giants. This team has just looked awful through week 6 other than a few players. One player that really stood out to me was free agent acquisition from the Panthers James Bradberry. Through 6 weeks, Bradberry has 9 Passes defended on 28 targets and is statistically responsible for 4 out of New York's 8 turnovers (2 INTs, FF, FR). The Giants paid a hefty price for him, as they signed him for 3 years on a $43.5 million contact with $32 million guaranteed but thus far he is all more than the Giants ever could have expected.

The loss of Saquon Barkley was obviously very detrimental, but 2nd year quarterback Daniel Jones is not helping the offense at all. The simple answer to Daniel Jones' struggle is that he's just young and has a bad supporting cast. The real answer is that Jones just isn't throwing the ball deep enough downfield. This year Daniel Jones has had an average of 9.9 yards/completion and an average of 6.1 yards/attempt. In the game where Jones had his highest YPA and YPC he had 2 out of his 3 touchdowns this season, most passing yards of the season, highest completion percentage of the season and highest quarterback rating of the season. There is a direct correlation between the depth of his throws and the success of himself and the team.

Washington Football Team 1-5

The Washington Football team has been very lackluster through the start of the season. Most of this failure can be attested to the offense. Washington ranks last in offensive yards, 3rd to last in points scored and 4th to last in first downs and last in many other offensive categories.

There are many reasons for the poor run game including injuries, misdemeanors and unwarranted releases. The first big news that would hurt Washington's run game was during the offseason on August 7th when projected starting running back Derrius Guice was arrested with a domestic violence-related incident and got cut in the following hours. The next huge news came on September 4th just 9 days before the team's season opener when the team announced the release of RB Adrian Peterson after 2 straight seasons with 800+ yards and 5+ touchdowns. Then in week 2 to add insult to injury Brandon Scherff was put on Injured reserve with a knee injury. Scherff was a huge part of the run game, as PFF writes "Scherff ranks in at least the 90th percentile in run-blocking grade on both gap and zone runs across those five seasons.".

Dwayne Haskins has been beyond horrible through the first 4 weeks before he was benched. According to @PFF on twitter only 50.4% of Haskins throws have been accurate. Dwayne Haskins inaccurate throws have been a huge problem for the offense and he's earned himself a PFF grade of 46.7 which is the worst among all starting quarterbacks. Despite Haskins's horrible play, Terry McLaurin has played incredible. Terry McLaurin in just his second year in the league is the number one receiver on the team with no real mentors or a legit quarterback. Terry McLaurin has been thrown into the spot and has absolutely shined. Right now he ranks 7th in receiving yards, ranks 1st in YAC among WRs, has the 2nd most 20+ yard catches and has a PFF grade of 82.6 (Highest of any 2nd year wide receiver). Not to mention when Haskins targets McLaurin, Haskins has a passer rating of 113.2 and when targeting anyone else on the team he has a passer rating of 69.1.

While the offense is struggling, the Washington defense is one of the most underrated defenses in the entire league. Some of the players that have really stood out are Kendall Fuller, 2nd overall pick Chase Young and Jonathan Allen. Despite being only playing all of 5 games, Young has already racked up 2.5 sacks, a FF and 4 TFLs and he's the second highest graded defensive rookie. Kendall Fuller has been a huge playmaker even though he has only played in 4 games. Kendall Fuller has 4 interceptions which is tied for the league lead while only playing in 4 games and has allowed an incredible 16.2 passer rating when being targeted.

Dallas Cowboys 2-4

Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense was absolutely torching defenses this year until he suffered a season ending ankle injury in week 5 against the New York Giants. Dak Prescott was so good for those first 5 weeks that even after missing a game and a half, he is still atop the passing yard leaders this year and the Dallas offense is still the leader in offensive yards/ game. The real reason why this team only has 2 wins though is the defense.

The Dallas defense has created a 3 measly turnovers over the course of the entire year, which is the least in the league. This Dallas defense also has allowed the most points in the league and is on track to allow 581 points, while the record for most points allowed in a season is held by the Baltimore Colts who allowed 533 points in 1981. The 2019 Cowboys sack leader Robert Quinn leaving in free agency definitely hasn't helped the team much either. From 2019 to 2020 4 different defensive starters for the Cowboys have left the team leaving the defense with minimal chemistry and communication.

For as long as Dak Prescott was healthy, Dallas no doubt had the best offense in all of football this year. One of the biggest factors and shiny new additions was rookie CeeDee Lamb that the Cowboys drafted with the 17th pick in the 2020 draft out of Oklahoma University. CeeDee has been among one of the most productive receivers. CeeDee has been one of the most productive and explosive receivers this year with the most 20+ yard catches and 2nd most 10+ yard catches and ranks in the top 10 in receiving yards, receptions and YAC. CeeDee was probably Prescott's most reliable target, as CeeDee has an incredible 110.7 passer rating when being targeted.

Philadelphia Eagles 1-4-1

This team really surprised everyone this year, in a bad way. The Eagles have been riddled with injuries and are on track to have a losing record after making the playoffs for the past 3 years.

Carson Wentz ranks last this year in completion percentage and his passes aren't even going that far when they are completed, as he ranks 30th in average yards per attempt. There is also just about 0 consistency on offense and of the 2 players that have started every game (Zach Ertz and Greg Ward Jr.) both of them have a PFF grade below 60. The Eagles didn't have a single receiver with more than 25 receptions, while some of the top offenses like the Chiefs and Cowboys have 2 or more pass catchers with 25+ receptions. Carson Wentz has also had below a 65% completion percentage in every single game, and his game with his highest completion percentage was the only game in which he didn't throw the ball 35 or more times. So maybe the Eagles want to take as much pressure off of Wentz as possible.

Aside from all of the awful things for the Eagles this year, the on truly bright spot has been Travis Fulgham, an Undrafted free agent that has been passes around many practice squads. The Eagles have had a big "next man up" mentality for a while after dealing with countless injuries. Although there's not a huge sample size of stats to look at for Fulgham, he has looked astounding through his first and only 3 NFL games that he's started in. Fulgham scored a touchdown in all 3 games so far this year and has a PFF grade of 90.3.

The Eagles pass rush has been one of the best this year racking up 21 sacks and having 3 players with 1.5 or more sacks. Despite the great pass rush, the Eagles still only have 5 takeaways which is contributing to the Eagles having the second worst turnover differential at -7.

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