We are witnesses to history.
No, the NFC East isn’t the hot mess that the NFC South was last season. However, the NFC East has produced two of the worst played games all season (Cowboys/Eagles, Giants/Eagles).
In my opinion, this is one of the worst divisional campaigns in recent NFL memory.
It’s an absolute blast to think that we are just getting our toes wet in NFC East play this season. Can you imagine what the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins will look like by Week 17?
Sam Bradford is playing like a strike quarterback; the Cowboys are trying to rush back Dez Bryant and starting Matt Cassel this week; Kirk Cousins is nearly as accurate a passer Kirk Cameron; and the Giants vacillate between borderline NFC contender to team likely to pick in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Holy lord. We may be longing for the days of Marion Campbell, Ray Perkins, Chan Gailey, and Richie Petitbon by season’s end.
Instead, I will choose to remember 1991…an NFC East season for the ages.
The Redskins won the Super Bowl. Dallas reached the playoffs for the first time since 1985 and won a postseason game for the first time since 1982. Phoenix stunk but played close games against the division foes. Meanwhile, the Eagles lost Randall Cunningham in the opener and somehow finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs.
Despite the injuries, Philly managed to field one of the greatest single-season defenses in NFL history that nearly carried them to the playoffs until Dallas’ Kelvin Martin ran them out of the playoff picture.
Plenty of Eagles fans were pumping their chests and cold-cocking Giants fans on Monday night. I was not one of these people.
Here is a rundown of what the playoffs would look like if they started today:
#1 – Cincinnati Bengals (AFC North champion, bye)
#2 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion, bye)
#3 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion)
#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)
#5 – New York Jets (Wild Card)
#6 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card)
#1 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion, bye)
#2 – Carolina Panthers (NFC South champion, bye)
#3 – Arizona Cardinals (NFC West champion)
#4 – Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East champion)
#5 – Atlanta Falcons (Wild Card)
#6 – Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card)
PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:30PM – #6 Minnesota Vikings at #3 Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:00PM – #6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #3 New England Patriots (NBC)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:00PM – #5 New York Jets at #4 Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – #5 Atlanta Falcons at #4 Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – INDY/NYJ/PIT at #1 Cincinnati (NBC)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – ARI/PHI/ATL at #2 Green Bay (FOX)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 1PM – PHI/ATL/MIN at #1 Atlanta (FOX)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 4:30PM – NE/INDY/NYJ at #2 Denver (CBS)
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