It’s Week 13 in the NFL and some teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The hapless Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Giants are just three of the teams on the outside looking in.
After Thursday night, so will the loser of this game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
Talk about a sophomore slump. It took the whole NFL regular season last year for young Dallas Cowboys stars Dak Prescottand Ezekiel Elliottto pile up three losses. The rookies thrashed opposing defenses, earned fans’ respect for “doing everything right,” and waltzed to the NFC East title at 13-3.
It’s rare that an NFL squad with a 3-2 record faces a “must-win” situation in Week 7. That’s especially true during this season of parity, where no undefeated teams remain. Seventeen of the 32 franchises entered this weekend with records of 3-2, 3-3, or 2-3.
For the first time since 2002, the Oakland Raiders have begun the season 2-0. Last week, the Raiders destroyed the New York Jets 45-20 in their home opener. This week, the Raiders will be on the road in front of a national television audience as they will take on the Washington Redskins.
It's only Week 3, but this NFC East matchup between New York and Philadelphia could be as close to a must-win as possible for the Giants, who enter the game 0-2. New York is playing its second game in the division after losing to Dallas in Week 1 and a second contest in less than a week following the Monday night home loss to Detroit.