It was a rough go for most of the division this past week and especially teams playing against the NFC East. All 3 of those teams lost and the Buccaneers narrowly escaped in Tom Brady’s emotional return to Foxborough. While around these parts we primarily focus on the New Orleans Saints, here is a brief recap of the division this past weekend.
Dallas 36 Carolina 28
The Panthers were the last undefeated team in the division heading into their showdown with the Cowboys this past weekend. That didn’t remain the case as the Cowboys turned a big 3rd quarter into a 33-14 headed into the 4th and never looked back. The Cowboys defense were on the attack most of the afternoon and sacked Sam Darnold 5 times and forced him into 2 interceptions. Playing another game without Christian McCaffrey, who is still nursing that leg injury, the Panthers could not find a sustainable running game for much of the afternoon.
On defense the Panthers top rated unit was shredded on the ground as the Cowboys ran for a season high 245 yards rushing. Ezekiel Elliot had 143 of those yards and a score in his best game of the season. Things didn’t go any better for the Panthers pass defense as Dak shredded them for 4 touchdowns through the air. The Panthers will look to bounce back this Sunday when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington 34 Atlanta 30
Over the last few seasons the Falcons have seemed to find the most dramatic ways to lose football games and Sunday was no different. Leading Washington by 8 points with under 4 minutes to go, the Washington Football Team scored 12 points in that timeframe to take the victory. This was despite a valiant effort from Matt Ryan who threw for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. The thing that doomed the Falcons was a lack of a running game. They had receiver Cordarrelle Patterson as their leading rusher with only 34 yards. Since they couldn’t run the ball late in the game it allowed Washington to get the ball back and score the go ahead touchdown with 33 seconds left. The loss dropped the Falcons to 1-3 on the season and now will travel to London to take on the New York Jets this Sunday.
Buccaneers 19 Patriots 17
The highly anticipated return of Tom Brady wasn’t the razzle dazzle some expected. Brady was held relatively in check as he failed to throw a touchdown and his team consecutive 20 plus points a game streak was broken. Patriots fans got to witness what they’ve seen countless times from Brady, him leading his team on a game winning drive. This time it was in a different uniform however. Brady led the Bucs down to a go ahead field goal with under 2 minutes left in the game. Rookie Mac Jones gave his team a chance to win at the end by putting them in field goal range. Kicker Nick Folk’s 56 yard field goal with under a minute to go ended up hitting the upright and falling harmlessly on the ground. A fist in the air from Brady signified his team had secured the win. As Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick embraced at midfield the history of those two together and the dominance they ruled over the NFL with cannot be understated. This night was Brady’s however. The Buccaneers will return home and host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
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