Countdown to 2 big NFC East games

Let's be realistic: The Browns will have their hands full of more than they can handle in the next two weeks. Sure, D.A. and the boys are just getting off a bye week to lick their wounds from an ugly victory over the Bungles, er, Bengals. That SHOULD mean the Browns have had plenty of time to rest and watch film to get ready for their next opponent - (insert impending doom music here) - the defending Super Bowl champs.
Cary Ashby
Mar 29, 2010

Let's be realistic: The Browns will have their hands full of more than they can handle in the next two weeks.

 

Sure, D.A. and the boys are just getting off a bye week to lick their wounds from an ugly victory over the Bungles, er, Bengals. That SHOULD mean the Browns have had plenty of time to rest and watch film to get ready for their next opponent — (insert impending doom music here) — the defending Super Bowl champs.

 

Next Monday, the Browns (1-3) host the undefeated New York Giants, the same team that owned, no, embarrassed, them during the preseason, 24-20. This same Giants team — without WR Plaxico Burress — just dominated the Seahawks 44-6, who just happen to have the same record as the Browns. My guess is the regular season version of the Browns-Giants game won't be pretty.

 

And after the Giants? The very underrated Redskins (4-1), who solidly handed the Cowgirls, er, Cowboys — who beat the Browns 28-10 — their first defeat two weeks ago. At home.

 

Sure, the 'Skins have scored only 10 points more than their opponents, but they've yet to have a turnover. Jim Zorn's team also knows to how to rally from large deficits, stay poised and control the clock.

 

This Sunday, the Eagles (2-3) looked like they were on their way to manhandling their NFC East rivals by scoring 14 points early in the first quarter, but then got dominated by the 'Skins on both sides of the ball the rest of the game. The 'Skins made an impressive third-and goal stop to make the Eagles kick a field goal after their long drive in the fourth quarter. The final? 23-17. In Philly.

 

The Browns game will be at FedEx Field. With the 'Skins currently on a four-game winning streak facing the inept Rams (0-4) at home in week 6, the Browns might be "skinned" in week 7.

 

If you haven't figured it out, I'm a Redskins fan, so I'm counting on it! My prediction is the 'Skins, who have averaged 25.5 points in the last four games, will break the 30-point barrier for the first time this season.