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Talk of Fame Network
All four teams in the NFC East have records below .500 with Christmas approaching. Someone has to win the division.
Listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network have decided it will be the New York Giants.
We asked our followers in last week’s poll who was going to win the East, and the Giants received 32.3 percent of the vote. The Washington Redskins were next at 29 percent, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at 22.6 percent and the Philadelphia Eagles at 16.1 percent.
All four teams find themselves in must-win situations, and three of them did just that last weekend. Only the Cowboys failed, losing 28-7 in Green Bay to the NFC North-leading Packers to fall to 4-9. The Giants, Redskins and Eagles all won to move to 6-7.
The Giants toppled the Dolphins in Miami on Monday night, 31-24, with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. having a monster game (seven catches, 166 yards, two touchdowns). The Redskins also won on the road, edging the Chicago Bears, 24-21, and Philadelphia prevailed at home, outlasting Buffalo 23-20.
Our followers obviously voted on pedigree. The Giants have won two Super Bowls with this quarterback (Eli Manning) and this coach (Tom Coughlin). The other three teams do not have a coach who has been to the Super Bowl – Jason Garrett at Dallas, Chip Kelly at Philadelphia and Jay Gruden at Washington. The Cowboys are also down to their backup quarterback (Matt Cassel).