Because of the bye period (which sounds like a LIT-History course at a San Francisco community college) and a frighteningly exciting game (for those of you who were awake) in London, we only have two games this afternoon. The first is my Chargers taking on the Raiders, or the RAIIIIIIIDAAAAAAAHHHHS if you like the cut of Chris Berman’s jib, and seeing as how I highlighted the Chargers afternoon match-up against the Packers last weekend, today’s focus will be on the always derp-filled NFC East rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. I have to say, I remember when the NFC East used to be fondly referred to the “NFC Beast”, mainly because of the division’s focus on the running game and building a team to win in the trenches. Of course, Washington was terrible during this period as well, but little did anyone know at the time that this long-forgotten strategy would be twisted and manipulated and morphed over time into what we have today. The complete opposite. But one things for sure… Washington… Washington never changes. Today’s game once again features a battle for first place, something I’ve been mentioning the past five weeks for any NFC East team, seeing as how no team actually wants it. So how will the Cowboys and Giants end up both losing today? (More possible than you think.) Let’s find out!
- Looks like Antionio Gates is not a go from a MCL sprain, Ladarius Green is the guy, and should have a fair amount of opportunities with San Diego’s run game being more like a walk game.
- Related news for this game, Melvin Gordon was surprise scratch and is now listed as OUT. This puts the running game solely on the tiny shoulders of Danny Woodhead and Brandon Oliver.
- Christine Michael is expected to play a big role in today’s offense, but as you can see from my rankings, I just don’t buy it yet.