EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Juqua Parker #75 and Darryl Tapp #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
t’s tough to watch this year’s NFC East. Eagles fans have long prided themselves on the fact that their team plays in one of the toughest divisions in the league. This year, that just isn’t true.
I charted the Football Outsiders overall team efficiency DVOA for each NFC East team since 2000. The results are below:
So it turns out, on a purely average DVOA basis, that this is not the worst NFC East in the last decade. In fact, this year’s group is barely below the 2010 average.
Perhaps the real reason this year’s group seems so awful has more to do with the lack of even one good team. To this point, among all “best teams in the NFC East,” this year’s Giants are by far the worst. In every year other than 2000, at least one team has posted a DVOA score of at least 20 percent, and the 2011 Giants would be no better than third in the division in any other year since 2005.
The way they’ve played this year, the Eagles should not have even the 3-percent chance they have of winning the division. Widespread mediocrity will do that for you.