Saturday, December 21, 2013

NFC East Week 16 Preview and "Pick of the Week"

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have been on a collision course for the NFC East title almost since Day 1 of this year's NFL regular season and it will all come to ahead next Sunday when the two square off against one another in Big D. Even though the Cowboys are mired in another December swoon with back-to-back losses to Chicago and Green Bay, all they need to do is get by the hapless Redskins this Sunday to set up next Sunday's tilt against the Birds for the division title and a spot in this year's Super Bowl tourney.

The Eagles had an opportunity to put some serious distance between themselves and their bitter rivals with a win over Minnesota last Sunday, but sticking true to form, they dropped the ball in one of their worst showings of the year. This Sunday night's game against Chicago could be meaningless if Dallas topples Washington earlier that day, but in reality that could not be further from the truth. Philly is a good team, but it is also one that needs to play its absolute best to get a win no matter who it is playing. The letdown against Minnesota sapped quite a bit of the momentum that was generated from the Eagles' recent five-game winning streak. A loss to the Bears at home this Sunday night would completely drain that bank account heading into their Week 17 showdown against Dallas. Chip Kelly’s team is still learning how to win and victories this time of year can be worth their weight in gold in getting his team to the next level; the level where wins are expected and delivered on a regular basis.

I continue to drag my feet when it comes to getting completely on the Eagles’ bandwagon this season. I believe they have all the tools to stand up to the best teams in the NFC, but they also have that ability to implode at a moment’s notice. This is the main reason I have completely stayed away from using them as one of my weekly NFC East picks with the exception of a total line play.

I am staying away from this week’s matchup against Chicago as well, but if you are interested in a preview of all the games in the NFC East this Sunday as well as my ‘pick of the week’ please check out the link below to my Week 16 article as part of an ongoing series for Doc’s Sports.

NFC East Weekly NFL Betting Picks: Week 16

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