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QB Play Will Decide Who The 2015 NFC East Champ Will Be

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Winning the NFC East championship used to be about great defense and a superior running game.  NFC East QB’s were strong leaders, who would hand the ball off to a stud running back, complete an occasional pass, and for the love of the game, “Did Not Turn the ball over!”

The running backs and the defenses were the bread winners:  Wilbert Montgomery with the Eagles, John Riggins and the Redskins’ Hogs in the 80’s, LT and the Giants’ D in the late 80′ and 90’s, and Emmitt Smith and the 90’s Cowboys were all run first and strong D NFC East and Super Bowl Champions.

There were  some exceptions, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Mark Rypien, Doug Williams, and Phil Simms could toss it 25 times or more a game, but still control the clock to win the game.  That was then,  and this is now – when QB play will decide who the NFC East champion will be.

There is no better indicator of how well teams in the NFC East are playing than the current QBR.  There is a direct correlation between how well each NFC East QB is performing, and where their current team resides in the standings.  Click on this NFC East Standings and NFC East QBR graph for a better visual understanding:

NFC EAST Standings vs QBR Stats1

As you can see, The NY Giants are in 1st place at 3-2.  Eli Manning is leading the NFC East with a QBR of 68.7.

Brandon Weeden

The Dallas Cowboys and Brandon Weeden are second,

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins are third, and

Sam Bradford

The Eagles and Sam Bradford’s horrific 32.0 are bringing up the rear of the conference.

Coincidence?

There is an absolute coincidence with how well the Quarterbacks are performing and where they are in the standings.  Tony Romo, before his injury, had a conference leading  QBR of 69.9.  The Dallas Cowboys were a remarkable 2-0, and were early favorites on becoming kings of the NFC East.  With Brandon Weeden, the QB play has fallen off sharply, and the Cowboys soon might be the bottom team in the NFC East.

So Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles’ fans you aren’t crazy!  Screaming, or shall we say “Encouraging” your favorite QB to play better is acceptable, because either they play better or your draft pick gets better.

By www.fanzonecoverage.com  Staff Writer

 

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