NFC East Week 4 Update
During Week 1 of the regular season, things were looking pretty bleak for the members of the NFC East. It all began at 1:00 PM EST as the Philadelphia Eagles kicked off against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins faced the Houston Texans.
The Jags stormed out to a 17-0 lead against the Eagles before the clock struck 2:00 PM. The eagles would eventually prevail after a big second half, but the slow start certainly raised questions about this year’s club. The Redskins were less fortunate, falling to the Texans 17-6 while looking completely outmatched offensively.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the national game of the week. Similar to the Eagles, Dallas fell into a huge early hole to the Niners, assisted by a costly Tony Romo turnover. Unlike the Eagles, the Cowboys could not stage a comeback and lost in convincing fashion.
Then on Monday night, the New York Giants battled the Lions in Detroit. After a brutal 2013 season, 2014 kicked off in a very similar fashion with the Giants providing several costly turnovers on their way to an opening week loss.
So the NFC East painted a rather bleak picture after Week 1. But play has gotten much better as we head into a crucial Week 4. The Eagles are 3-0 after a spectacular comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts last Monday night and a grueling 37-34 win over the Redskins this past Sunday. For Washington, they followed up their opening week loss with a win against Jacksonville, and with the Eagles loss, currently sit at 1-2. There is reason to be optimistic, however. Although quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a serious ankle injury in Week 2, Kirk Cousins has replaced him with much success. Cousins threw for over 400 yards this past week, matching Eagles quarterback Nick Foles for much of the game.
The Giants sit at 1-2 as well after losing to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 and beating the Houston Texans at home this past Sunday. Fate would have it that the two 1-2 NFC East teams will meet on the gridiron this week with the Redskins hosting the Giants Thursday night. Currently, the median ticket price is $100 for Giants vs. Redskins tickets. For such an important early season game, that is quite a deal for tickets to this rivalry.
The Cowboys will be at home to host the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans currently sits at 1-2 and is in desperate need of a convincing win. They narrowly beat the Minnesota Vikings at home his past weekend and a 1-3 start to the season will severely hurt their cause in the competitive NFC South. Cowboys tickets have a median ticket price of $161 for the Saints game.
While the Eagles sit comfortably atop the NFC East standings presently, they will head out to the west coast to face the San Francisco 49ers. After beating the Cowboys, the Niners have suffered two narrow defeats and are currently in third place in the NFC West at 1-2. Another loss and it may be too much ground to catch up to the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
This is currently the most expensive of the three NFC East games with a median ticket price of $245 for Eagles vs. 49ers tickets.
With three intense games coming up this weekend, the landscape of the NFC East could look significantly different come next week!