NFC East: 2013 NFL Midseason Report NFC East

Midseason Report: New York Giants

November, 6, 2013
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If you're the sort of New York Giants fan who likes to think only positive thoughts about the team and believe things are better than they seem to be ... well, you may want to read this post sitting down. The Giants went 2-6 in the first half of their season, losing the first six and then winning the last two against Vikings and Eagles teams that were effectively playing without quarterbacks. It has been grim, to say the least.

What's worse is that there hasn't been just one problem to which the Giants can point. Their failure is systemwide -- offense, defense and special teams -- with nearly every position group contributing in a significant way to the disappointing start. They have been outscored by an average of 10.25 points per game -- a higher figure than any team in the league but the historically dreadful Jaguars.

So as we go through, position by position, and assign grades based on 2013 performance to date, the best thing you can say is that there's plenty of room for improvement. For pretty much everybody.

Midseason Report: Washington Redskins

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When you enter the season anticipating a playoff run but reach the midway point just hoping to remain alive for playoff contention, then things haven’t gone as planned. That about sums up the Washington Redskins’ first half.

You can blame the rustiness of Robert Griffin III from his offseason knee surgery for some of the issues. That doesn’t explain everything. Turnovers have killed Washington, much like the lack of them helped a year ago. And the defense has settled down after a rough start, though it’s not a shutdown unit by any means.

There have been some strong individual efforts. Just remember, though, these grades are for a group, not a person.

Midseason Report: Dallas Cowboys

November, 6, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- After nine games, the Dallas Cowboys have issues.

The defense can't stop a topflight quarterback. The offense can't -- or won't -- run the ball. Injuries have affected the offensive line, defensive line and secondary.

Yet with seven games to play, the Cowboys lead the NFC East with a 5-4 record. Can they join the conference elite?

Before that question can be answered, here's a look at how the Cowboys have graded out so far:

Midseason Report: Philadelphia Eagles

November, 6, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- The curiosity factor about Chip Kelly and the Eagles was off the charts. Would the innovative Oregon coach take the NFL by storm? Would he be another Steve Spurrier or Bobby Petrino, crashing hard at the next level? Somewhere in the middle?

We can safely rule out the first possibility. Kelly has plenty of time to be a successful NFL coach, but you only get one chance to storm the beaches, and Kelly’s moment has passed. After one heart-pounding half on "Monday Night Football" at Washington, the Eagles have been good, bad and mediocre. But a 4-5 record (0-4 at home) is, by definition, not taking the league by storm.

Forgetting the expectations and the hype, and remembering that this was a 4-12 team last year with a muddied quarterback situation, here are the midterm grades for Kelly and his Eagles.

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