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NFC East news roundup: Giants offense imbalanced, Eagles fail to capitalize, Cowboys let one slip away

Dan Ciarrocchi, Mike Harar and Sean Patterson give their semi-weekly roundup of news from the Redskins' division rivals.

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New York Giants

  • The Peyton Manning show continued in Week 2, this time using MetLife Stadium as the venue. The Giants defense could not contain the Broncos passing attack in a 41-23 defeat, where Manning completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 307 yards and two scores to improve to a 3-0 record versus his brother. Knowshon Moreno also gashed the Giants front seven and rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries.

  • After the defeat, Giants quarterback Eli Manning lamented the team's approach and execution as a whole, saying "we're in a bind. We have to get more balanced. We have to run the ball better and eliminate turnovers." Manning leads the NFL with seven interceptions through two games, and the Giants are last in the NFL with 73 rushing yards.
  • The Giants have the Panthers on the schedule for Week Three, and though their opponent has struggled in the young season as well, it's not a matchup to be taken lightly. Quarterback Cam Newton has posted modest numbers in a conservative game plan, but if the Giants continue to turn the ball over, a conservative game plan could be more than enough to bury them in an 0-3 hole to start the season.

Philadelphia Eagles (by: Sean Patterson)

  • One of the biggest takeaways from the Eagles' 33-30 defeat to the Chargers was Eddie Royal's three-touchdown performance, and the Chargers receiver now has five on the season. That was unexpected. Another surprise-- neither Phillip Rivers nor Michael Vick threw an interception in this game, despite their reputations. This game was a pass happy shootout that just came down to who had the ball last.
  • Bleeding Green Nation believes missed opportunities cost the Eagles a chance to start the season 2-0. During the game, the Eagles struggled to score in the red zone, they did not score after turnovers, and Vick had some issues overthrowing DeSean Jackson. A full report of the Eagles mistakes is posted here.
  • This headline from Bleeding Green Nation really says it all, "The defense isn't very good." While the Eagles offense continued to put up big numbers with their big names (Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy) but Phillip Rivers put up bigger numbers. Considering the skill level of the Chargers offensive line, Philip Rivers basically has to be perfect to win games and the Eagles let him be perfect. Their defensive back group did not play well, especially Cary Williams who was called for pass interference three times.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • The Cowboys were able to create six turnovers in their Week 1 victory against the Giants. In a Week 2 loss, they were not able to create any. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback Alex Smith, played very efficient football on their way to a 17-16 win. Dan Bailey kicked a 53-yard field goal to get Dallas within one point with just under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. They would not get any closer however, as the Cowboy's defense could not stop the Chiefs from picking up three key first downs and running out the clock. The Cowboys now have a 1-1 record.
  • Before the game, Tony Romo received a shot to help with the pain due to the bruised ribs he suffered last week. He completed 30-45 attempts for 298 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions and stated afterwards that he did not have any issues against the Chiefs.
  • DeMarcus Ware was able to get his first two sacks of the season in the loss. He would have had a third as well. but it was negated due to a delay of game penalty against Kansas City.