By: Lucas Kochevar
The NFC Beast
Remember when the NFC East was the biggest joke for a division in the league? I do. Remember when the preseason was full of debates about which division was the best and NFC East was never in those talks? I do. Remember when the Giants were once again slated for last place? I do. These are all common themes that the NFC East teams have had to deal with the past couple of years. Now, this division is, somehow, the clear best in the league with a whopping TWENTY wins and seven loses. By the way, half of those loses are from the Washington Commanders, however, don’t forget this Commanders team just beat the Green Bay Packers with a healthy Aaron Rodgers.
The NFC East is a division filled with rich histories as you have the Cowboys, Giants, Commanders, and the Eagles. The Eagles were the latest team in the division to win the Super Bowl in 2017 with Nick Foles. Since then, the division has put out some stinkers in the playoffs, most notably the 7-9 Washington team that lost the Buccaneers during the 2020 Covid season. Even if you look to last season with the 12-win Cowboys, they ended up losing in the WILD CARD round to the 49ers. In short, the division has been full of disappointment and anguish for some big-time fan bases. What’s even crazier is I’m not mentioning the off-field turmoil some of these teams have gone through, COUGH Dan Snyder COUGH.
However, when you look at this division this year, you get some teams that could very well find themselves in the playoffs. The Eagles, who I talk about later, have looked fantastic on both sides of the ball. The Cowboys managed to survive during Dak Prescott’s injury and Micah Parsons is a game changer on defense. The NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS are 6-1, for crying out loud. Brian Daboll has been coaching out of his mind managing to win all the close games they’ve been in this year. Then you have the Commanders, but every division has to have that one team. The point is the NFC East has put on a show this year and could show up to the playoffs with three teams. There is still a ton of season left but getting five to six wins at this point should be a good sign for any playoff hopeful.
LK’s Lock of the Week: Philadelphia Eagles vs Pittsburgh Steelers Over 43
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off their bye week as the only undefeated team left in the league. The entire city of Philadelphia continues to win and they look to do this again at Lincoln Financial Stadium when the Pittsburgh Steelers come into town. The Steelers are coming off of a tough Sunday Night loss in Miami. Despite putting up a fight until the end, Kenny Pickett and his three interceptions won’t be good enough to compete with perhaps the best team in the league. Now, on to the betting aspect of this game. I’m currently 2-1 in my mortal locks, I gave out Chiefs -1 on my Twitter last week. This week, I’m going to bet a scary over. The Eagles have been a machine on offense so far this year and Jalen Hurts is neck-and-neck with Josh Allen for the MVP. The Eagles have also hit the over in all of their games where the total is less than 47. The fourth ranked scoring offense has a great chance to cover this on their own, but I do think we’ll need the Steelers help. If Pittsburgh can muster up even one touchdown, I like the chances of hitting this one. This is a rat line if I’ve ever seen one, however, I’m going to put my neck on the line and pencil this in as my lock of the week.