The Eagles have a chance to put a stranglehold on the NFC East with a home game Monday night against the 3-2 Redskins.
They enter the game with an NFL-best 5-1 record, including 4-0 in the conference and 2-0 in the division.
An Eagles win would give them an even more commanding lead over the Redskins, who they’ve already defeated once this season, as well as Dallas and the Giants.
In last Sunday’s win over the Falcons, Newton ran nine times for 86 yards, the most by a quarterback this season. Over the past four games, the last two of which Carolina has won, he has led the Panthers in rushing with 251 yards on 39 carries.
The Cowboys showed who they really are in demolishing the 49ers, 40-10, behind a punishing game from their stalwart offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott. Linebacker Sean Lee returns this week, and their revamped secondary should improve as the season wears.
Elliott is likely going to serve his six-game suspension at some point, maybe even this season. There are no gimmes on their schedule — at the Giants and home for the Chargers are the only two that come close.
Though the Giants were penalized 15 yards for Engram’s conduct, and though it appeared once live and then in a replay, ESPN’s Sean McDonough only noted that Engram had been flagged “for unsportsmanlike conduct” while Jon Gruden was too busy gushing over Engram’s “vertical presence.” (“Vertical,” I think, was once spoken and accurately described as “downfield.”)
But there seems to be a conspiracy of silence among broadcasters to not offend the most offensive.
The evening before, CBS’ Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts found the fun in Marshawn Lynch’s fine for making obscene gestures during the Raiders’ opener. And, of course, no mention that Lynch is a recidivist stain on the game, having twice before been sanctioned for grabbing his genitals after scoring.
And what about Engram? What was he thinking? Why was he eager to claim the fact that his first NFL TD was followed by a penalty for acting like a pornographic pig?
It’s a good thing Andy Dalton exists, because if he didn’t, Kirk Cousins would likely go down as the worst quarterback of Week 1. In just one game, Cousins almost justified the Redskins’ decision not to sign him to a long-term contract. The Redskins quarterback turned the ball over Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys three times, which includes a lost fumble that the Eagles returned for a touchdown Cheap NFL Jerseys USA with under 90 seconds left in a 22-17 game (the defensive touchdown pushed the Eagles lead to 30-17).