Golden Analysis: NFC East

Led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins topped the New York Giants 20-14 and, for the moment, are first in the NFC East.

Yes, the 5-6 Redskins are leading the NFC East. They are 2-1 in division play through Week 12.

Washington Redskins 5-6
New York Giants 5-6
Philadelphia Eagles 4-7
Dallas Cowboys 3-8

The Giants have been a rollercoaster all season. Last week, they narrowly fell to the New England Patriots, who are undefeated leading up to their Week 12 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled all season despite head coach Chip Kelly’s offseason roster overhaul. The Eagles lost to the Detroit Lions 45-14 on Thanksgiving.

During the Dallas Cowboys’ 33-14 loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers,  QB Tony Romo reinjured his shoulder, which previously kept him off the field for several games. Romo is out for the season, and the Cowboys’ playoff chances are infinitesimal at best.

In all likelihood, the NFC East will be won by either the Redskins or the Giants. The Redskins will face the Cowboys next week, and the Giants are set to square off against the New York Jets.

Week 12 Picks


  • Detroit OVER Philadelphia
  • Dallas OVER Carolina
  • Green Bay OVER Chicago
  • Minnesota OVER Atlanta
  • Cincinnati OVER St. Louis
  • Houston OVER New Orleans
  • Tampa Bay OVER Indianapolis
  • San Diego OVER Jacksonville
  • Kansas City OVER Buffalo
  • New York (J) OVER Miami
  • Oakland OVER Tennessee
  • New York (G) OVER Washington
  • Arizona OVER San Francisco
  • Pittsburgh OVER Seattle
  • Denver OVER New England
  • Baltimore OVER Cleveland

Week Eleven In Review


  • The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-13 on Thursday Night Football.
  • The Atlanta Falcons lost to the Indianapolis Colts 24-21, which marks their fourth loss in five games.
  • The Baltimore Ravens edged the St. Louis Rams 16-13 but lost both starting quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett for the season with injuries.
  • Behind QB Cam Newton’s five-touchdown performance, the Carolina Panthers remain undefeated after trouncing the turnover-plagued Washington Redskins 44-16.
  • Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler won his first career start on his 25th birthday against the Chicago Bears 17-15.
  • The Detroit Lions beat the Oakland Raiders 18-13.
  • The New York Jets sunk to 5-5 after their 24-17 loss against the Houston Texans.
  • The return of QB Tony Romo rejuvenated the Dallas Cowboys, who defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-14.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers flattened the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17.
  • The San Diego Chargers sunk to 2-8 with a 33-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The Green Bay Packers ended a three-game losing skid with a 30-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • The Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 29-13.
  • Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro booted a 32-yard game-winning field goal that was the difference in the Cards’ 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • The New England Patriots are still undefeated following a 20-13 victory against the Buffalo Bills.

Flacco, Forsett Injured and Done for 2015

The Baltimore Ravens’ 2015 season has been very disappointing. And while the Ravens won their Week 10 tilt against the St. Louis Rams 16-13, they are 3-7, and their season outlook appears even bleaker.

The Ravens lost quarterback Joe Flacco (torn ACL, possible torn MCL) and running back Justin Forsett (broken arm) for the rest of the season.

Since entering the league in 2008, Flacco has been the starting quarterback for the Ravens. Flacco was part of the 2012 Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII. He was named Super Bowl MVP.

Forsett signed with the Ravens last year and ran for 1266 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. He ran for 615 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season.

The Ravens are slated to play the Cleveland Browns next week on Monday Night Football.

Week Eleven Picks


  • Tennessee OVER Jacksonville
  • Indianapolis OVER Atlanta
  • Baltimore OVER St. Louis
  • Carolina OVER Washington
  • Denver OVER Chicago
  • Detroit OVER Oakland
  • New York (J) OVER Houston
  • Dallas OVER Miami
  • Philadelphia OVER Tampa Bay
  • Kansas City OVER San Diego
  • Minnesota OVER Green Bay
  • San Francisco OVER Seattle
  • Arizona OVER Cincinnati
  • New England OVER Buffalo

Week Ten In Review


  • The Buffalo Bills defeated the New York Jets 22-17 as Bills head coach Rex Ryan faced his old team on the road.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers booted a 53-yard field goal that was the difference during the Jags’ 22-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • The Detroit Lions won their first road game against the Green Bay Packers  since 1991 18-16.
  • The Miami Dolphins edged the Philadelphia Eagles 20-19.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had another monster week as the Steelers flattened the Cleveland Browns 30-9.
  • The Chicago Bears defeated the St. Louis Rams 37-13.
  • The Dallas Cowboys extended their seven-game losing streak after falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
  • The Carolina Panthers are 9-0 after defeating the Tennessee Titans 27-10.
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins led his team to a 47-14 over the New Orleans Saints with a four touchdown performance.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for 203 yards and a touchdown as the Vikes advanced to 7-2 with a 30-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
  • Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning eclipsed QB Brett Favre as the NFL’s all-time leading passer, but the Broncos fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 and Manning was pulled.
  • The New England Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal was the difference in the Patriots’ 27-26 victory over the New York Giants.
  • The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Seattle Seahawks 39-32.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense faltered during their 10-6 loss against the Houston Texans.

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