Behind Enemy Lines - In the Aftermath of Week 1

The first week of the 2020 NFL Season is in the books and all 4 NFC East Teams have now played. In what is a very NFC East type of development that no one should have expected, the Washington Football Team is sitting at the top of the Division…alone!

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Things that you should know about the Eagles’ rivals coming out of Week 1:

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys suffered a very tough loss against the Rams (17-20) in L.A. There were two defining moments in this game. The first came at the start of the 4th quarter with the Cowboys trailing by 3. Coach Mike McCarthy decided to go for it on 4th and 3 only to have Prescott’s pass to CeeDee Lamb fall short of a 1st down. The second came with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. Dak Prescott managed to find Michael Gallup for a large gain which would have put Dallas in excellent field position to kick a game-tying field goal. Gallup however was flagged for offensive pass interference on Jaylen Ramsey which effectively ended the game. It was a call that has sparked controversy around the league. Nevertheless, the Cowboys are now 0-1 just like the Eagles and will look to bounce back at home against the Falcons.

The loss is not the only negative news coming out of Dallas this weekend. They also sustained some key injuries. Leyton Vander Esch suffered a broken collar bone and has been placed on IR. The hope is that he returns within 6-8 weeks. This means that he could be back for the week 8 game against the Eagles. This is a huge blow to the Dallas linebacking group as Sean Lee is already on IR. On top of this injury, the Cowboys have also lost tight end Blake Jarwin for the year with a torn ACL. Another injury, less serious, coming out of the Ram’s loss was a sprained MCL for tackle Cameron Erving. He is expected back by week 4.

The Cowboys next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons are coming off a 38-25 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The game is to be played in Dallas on Sunday both teams desperate not to go 0-2. The only notable Falcons injury to track at this point is Darqueze Dennard who left the game on Sunday and did not return. There is no further information at this point. With no serious home advantage due to lack of fans because of Covid-19, the Cowboys face a tough challenge on Sunday.

Washington Football Team

Washington defied expectations to come back from a 17 point deficit and beat the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField 17-27. For great insight from that game read Sam Steiner’s article “Reactions from Brutal Opening Day Loss”.