Jay Gruden sounds resigned to the Eagles winning the NFC East

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After losing in Philadelphia on Monday night, Washington coach Jay Gruden sounded resigned to having to compete for a wild card berth.

Gruden noted that his team has now been swept by the Eagles this season, and that the Eagles’ lead is 2.5 games in the NFC East.

“I mean, just do the math,” Gruden said. “If you look at 3-3 and 6-1, and we’ve lost twice to them, that’s a big difference.”

The Eagles’ schedule only gets easier: They only play two more games against teams that currently have winning records, and five of their nine remaining games are at home. With a 6-1 record overall and a 3-0 record in the division, the Eagles appear poised to lock the NFC East up early, and leave the rest of the division hoping to be a wild card.

56 responses to “Jay Gruden sounds resigned to the Eagles winning the NFC East

  1. They do still have to play Dallas twice…. I might be resolved that they can’t win the east, considering they are essentially 3 games out, but Dallas could still catch them. Eagles still have raiders, Seahawks, Broncos, and Dallas twice. Plus the Giants and 9ers. Sure a couple of them are gimmes but if Peters and hicks miss lengthy time it could open the door. Maybe admitting defeat before you’ve lost is a bad thing for your team…

  2. It ain’t just Jay Gruden, the entire media is struggling to get on board with the program. What other NFL teams are playing as solid and consistently as Philly this year? Who? I’m not talking about W-L record, I’m talking about the product Philly is putting on the field. After so many “through the first X weeks, Philly is good…” style prefaces at some point people are going to have to accept this. I guess we’re just not sexy enough or something.

  3. It is to early to crown them. Like the previous poster says, the Eagles still have to play Dallas twice. Dallas still controls their own destiny and the Eagles now have to shuffle their offensive line.

    He is right about the Redskins competing for a wild card spot though but that is going to be tough for the Redskins as well as they most likely will end up the 3rd best record in the division unless they can beat Dallas. With all the injuries that is going to be even tougher.

  4. If (big IF) the Redskins beat the Cowboys this weekend, and the Eagles beat the 49ers, then the division is as good as done.

    I’ll hold off on the t-shirts and hats a little while longer.

  5. The Eagles are clearly the best team in the NFC East (6-1) and might be the best in the NFL, they are the only team with one loss. The injuries to Peters and Hicks definitely hurt but the team is resilient and they have had injuries all season long and have found ways to win, don’t see it being any different known, next man up !!

  6. I still don’t think some people realize how big a win it was for the Eagles lastnight. They beat the skins twice, best record in the NFL at 6-1, Eagles are 3-0 in the division (NFC East) and they are still undefeated in conference play (NFC), that goes a long way when you start talking about playoff seeding and positioning !!!

  7. I love the Eagles, but it seems a bit early to have them wrapping up the division. They haven’t even played Dallas yet, and those games are rarely easy.

  8. A couple years ago The Redskins were the laughing stock of the league. Now they’re competitive. Gruden is a great coach, but you’re at a disadvantage when you play against Carson Wentz. He’s the real deal. He was just completing clutch throws all night that he had no business completing. That’s hard to beat.

  9. Maybe on 3rd down when you only need 3 feet, Gruden should try running the ball. That play right before the 2:00 warning turned the whole game

  10. You’ve got to take it one game at a time. Maybe that’s why the Redskins almost lost to the 49ers last week. Maybe Gruden is looking ahead too much.

    I would hope that most NFL coaches learned to take the season one week at a time.

  11. skins are done…philly and cowboys for the division. dallas will beat them twice to get back into it. skins are pretenders and kirk is average at best and will leave to the 9ers next season. skins will be back to the cellar.

  12. ipeefreelyagain says:
    October 24, 2017 at 8:24 am
    Dallas can catch them, and is more poised to make a run in the playoffs than Philly.

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    Dallas can catch them, but I don’t know if they are more poised to make a run. Dallas has a good front 7 on defense when healthy, look what happens when Sean Lee goes out, but their secondary is full of rookies and at this point in the season is not very good. They could surprise me and gel, but I think the defense is a year away.

  13. You do realize this was a quote from earlier in the week when he was speaking hypothetically. This wasn’t from after the game. Great reporting MDS.

  14. For all these comments about the Cowboys, who have they beat. They beat a winless 49ers team, a Giants team that is 1-6 and a Cardinals team that is 3-4. None of those teams have a winning record, Dallas has no defense and I repeat, no defense at all, the Eagles defense is miles ahead and better than the Cowboys. This is the Eagles division and they will go on a run like the Cowboys did last year, I don’t see them losing more than 3 games this year!! The Cowboys will be average at best, especially if Zeke serves his 6 game suspension which is inevitable !

  15. The Eagles May be considered the best in the NFC, in part to an easy schedule, now three home games in a row, but they can only beat who is on the schedule also.
    Watch the injuries, Jason Peters doesn’t look like he will be back. These injuries will add up.
    Secondly, their secondary is not very good. Teams with solid offensive power like the Steelers and K.C will exploit them. This is very early in the race, to be continued.

  16. Crowning a champion in October REALLY? And that has worked since when? Injuries alone not to mention a tough schedule will call the shots the next six weeks. Champions in October wow. So playing Dallas twice is a gimme RME. And that is JUST the start of the talk. Looking ahead will always get you beat. Counting your wins before you get them? Yep ONLY in PHILLY where the Trophy case ALWAYS will be ZERO lombardies.
    IM Not a hater, I love Wentz and I love my division, but I hate ignorance fans who THINK the division is theirs in October.

  17. Typical Philthy fans already crowning themselves. You know, kind of like they did after the first 3 games of the season last year. A lot of football to be played and I like Dak against that porous Philthy secondary.

  18. It’s been 57 years since the Eagles have won a Championship. This might be their year….or maybe not.

  19. I’m a huge Skins fan, but Jay is just trying to be realistic here. I don’t think he as much saying “the Eagles are going to be the division champs” as much as he is saying “we’re not going to be the division champs, we blew that game last night that would’ve given us any real chance to be the NFC East champs.” I’m not giving up on the season at all, I mean heck, we have 10 games left, anything could happen, but it’ll be more difficult for us to win the division than to just get in the playoffs with a wild card. The Eagles have every advantage and tie breaker over us. We would have to hope the Eagles would lose EVERY division game just to drop them to 3-3 in the division for the year, not very likely, at the least, they finish 4-2 in the division. Unfortunately, the only team who even has a real chance at winning the division besides the Eagles is the cowgirls because they haven’t played the Eagles at all. And I know as a Skins fan I’m not pulling for them……so Fly Eagles Fly, win the division and my hope is my boys get healthy and someone finish the season at 10-6 of 9-7 and slip into the wild card spot, we have some tough games ahead.

    #HTTR

  20. As an Eagles fan I have to give credit to the Redskins for their hard play even when the game was out reach. They knew the importance of the game and there was no quit in them. The Eagles are dealing with a lot of injury’s so I wouldn’t count anyone out just yet.

  21. charliecharger says:
    October 24, 2017 at 7:55 am
    A couple years ago The Redskins were the laughing stock of the league. Now they’re competitive. Gruden is a great coach, but you’re at a disadvantage when you play against Carson Wentz. He’s the real deal. He was just completing clutch throws all night that he had no business completing. That’s hard to beat.
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    You chose your players!!!! No excuse. This is not high school where players play in their zoned schools. And Gruden is NOT a great coach. He was rescued by Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh and Scott McCloughan. He is simply benefiting from their knowledge and expertise. Gruden is NOT a leader. He also selected three defensive coordinators and two of them have already been fired in his short tenure.

  22. This is a great Philly team. Dallas can beat them twice and still not catch them. If they split their games Philly wins the division. Wentz is one of the best 2nd year QB’s I’ve seen. Their defense front 7 is as good as any. They’re the front runner in the NFC. The road to the Super bowl goes through Philadelphia.

  23. bentedges says:
    October 24, 2017 at 9:34 am
    Typical Philthy fans already crowning themselves. You know, kind of like they did after the first 3 games of the season last year. A lot of football to be played and I like Dak against that porous Philthy secondary
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    No Eagles fan has crowned anybody a winner yet, We are just excited that we have a franchise, top tier QB for the next decade. And if you asked any non-biased football fan, they would tell you that they would take Carson over Dak and that lousy Cowboy defense everyday of the week….chump!!!

  24. I’m a Rams fan. The media hated on Wentz and Goff during the draft saying they weren’t as good to two as Winston and Mariota and I said they would be better. Then last year everyone hated on Goff even though he had zero coaching and zero help. Literaly zero. These will be the top two QB’s in the conference for quite a while putting Rodgers aside.

  25. Jay Gruden is being a realist. Philly is two and a half games up with the tiebreaker firmly in hand and the NFL’s easiest schedule the rest of the way. Also, the Redskins were already banged up and got more so last night, with Scherff going down. At this point, it’s wild card or bust for the Burgundy and Gold.

  26. No doubt in my mind that the Eagles win the NFCE. They’re the only good team in it. But, I’ll hold off on calling them true contenders.

    They’ve played one playoff team (Chiefs) and lost. They have an easy schedule ahead, so I expect the hype train to pick up steam through November. But, they finally play two teams that should be in the playoffs in early December (Seahawks/Rams). Those two games will tell us a lot.

    Stay patient.

  27. Michael E says:
    October 24, 2017 at 9:11 am
    The Cowboys will win the division.
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    Before you start bragging, you might want to beat a winning team first. So far any team with a winning record, you’ve lost to and considering you still have the Chiefs, Falcons, Raiders, Seahawks and the Eagles twice, you might not even finish 2nd in your own division!

  28. BEFORE the game, Washington Coach Jay Gruden observed…

    “I mean, just do the math,” Gruden said. “If you look at 3-3 and 6-1, and we’ve lost twice to them, that’s a big difference.”

  29. Eagles have had hot starts in the past. They faltered when the weather turned bad, and the pass-happy offense struggled.

    The combination of a power back like Blount and a cold-weather QB like Wentz may make a difference when the frost hits the pumpkin.

    Running the ball (which also runs the clock) will keep the defense fresh, and give the banged-up DB and LB groups time to heal.

  30. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 24, 2017 at 9:19 am
    For all these comments about the Cowboys, who have they beat. They beat a winless 49ers team, a Giants team that is 1-6 and a Cardinals team that is 3-4.
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    Uhhh the Eagles beat the Skins twice, the same Giants and Cardinals teams that the Cowboys beat, and the then 0-3 Chargers.

    I guess Philly’s signature win was against the Panthers (who just lost badly to Chicago).

    You can only beat who is on your schedule, and the Eagles have a cupcake schedule. If they don’t win the division it would be a major collapse.

  31. What silliness. Gruden is right; 3-3 vs. 6-1 and 0-2 versus them as well to boot, so what do you think he should say? Piece of cake? But Washington has played well, 3-1 against everyone else but the Eagles so their chances to make the playoffs as wild card are as good as anyone else. They need to take of business and that starts with Dallas.

  32. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    October 24, 2017 at 5:58 am

    They do still have to play Dallas twice…. I might be resolved that they can’t win the east, considering they are essentially 3 games out, but Dallas could still catch them. Eagles still have raiders, Seahawks, Broncos, and Dallas twice. Plus the Giants and 9ers. Sure a couple of them are gimmes but if Peters and hicks miss lengthy time it could open the door. Maybe admitting defeat before you’ve lost is a bad thing for your team…
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    Dallas is mediocre. They are little threat to the Eagles. Barring catastrophic injuries, the Eagles should win the division.

  33. bentedges says:
    October 24, 2017 at 9:34 am
    Typical Philthy fans already crowning themselves. You know, kind of like they did after the first 3 games of the season last year. A lot of football to be played and I like Dak against that porous Philthy secondary

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    First, Philly fans aren’t crowning themselves. Secondly, it’s Dallas’ fans that are riding on their accolades from 20+ years ago, while their team has been a perennial .500 ever since. What’s worst? Toss up.

  34. With the Eagles schedule, come January I don’t think they will have been battle tested enough to make it to the SB. It’s one thing to be on fire against losing teams in the regular season….it’s a whole other thing to be in a Divisional play-off or NFC Championship game.

  35. John Henrys Hammer – if you don’t wanna “admit defeat” then don’t lose twice to the leading team. He’s not admitting anything but the fact that 6-1 ends up beating 3-3 more often than not, and they know they missed a big opportunity.

    The Cowboys aren’t repeating the magic of last year either, and we don’t even know if Zeke will be around to play the last 4-6 games. The Giants aren’t even worth mentioning.

    Wentz gets better every week. He’s a pure prototype, has every tool you could ask for. Their defense steps up and makes plays. They’ve only lost one game to one of the other hottest teams in the league in one of the most difficult road venues to play. The Eagles are a couple steps away from running away with this division, and Dallas doesn’t feel that threatening right now.

    But Washington knew this was a HUGE game for them to have in order to keep their division hopes alive. Maybe giving his team a dose of reality will jolt them as opposed to blindly saying “everything’s good, we’re fine”. Should he pull out a Dwight Howard style “i don’t care what anyone says, we’re still division Champions” speech? Why be delusional to reality? Is that inspiring to you? C’mon man.

  36. firecracker87 says:
    October 24, 2017 at 11:34 am
    With the Eagles schedule, come January I don’t think they will have been battle tested enough to make it to the SB. It’s one thing to be on fire against losing teams in the regular season….it’s a whole other thing to be in a Divisional play-off or NFC Championship game.
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    I guess that would be sound logic except, who in the NFC this year is head and shoulders better than the Eagles? The Falcons, losers of 2 straight? The Seahawks, with the worst O-line in football and no RB? Green Bay with no Rodgers? The Panthers who the Eagles just beat in their house last Thursday night? I’m not saying the Eagles are a lock for anything but if they get to the dance why shouldn’t they be just as deserving to be there as any other team that’s there! As for the whiny Cowboy fans who keep saying that the Eagles schedule is a joke, The Eagles are playing what the NFL gave them just like the Cowboys did with their creampuff schedule last year and I didn’t here you guys whining about it then!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 24, 2017 at 6:56 am
    The iggles are resigned to 1960
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    Poor Elmer, whatever helps you get over the fact that your team is 5 games back after only 7 games, not to mention that your QB is finished and your team is on the way down for several years to come! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  38. The Philthydelphia football team has not been anyone of merit this season – they should be 6-1. They are not a particularly good team and their QB is overrated considering whom he has had to defeat. The OL is going to be a problem in the future and there is no secondary of merit. This team is a mirage.

  39. I think it’s a little too early to concede the division to the Birds in lieu of the injuries (Peters in particular) and that they haven’t faced Dallas yet. However by the time they face Dallas, the young troubled RB might be serving his suspension.

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