State of the NFC East through Week 12; all 4 teams above .500
It's funny how quickly things can change in the NFL.
Just two years ago, the Giants came awfully close to winning the NFC East with a 6-10 record. Instead, Washington took the division crown at 7-9, becoming just the fourth team with a record under .500 to make the playoffs since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
We are now entering Week 13 of the 2022 schedule, and amazingly all four teams within the NFC East own a record above .500. Even more impressively, if the playoffs were to start today, all four teams would be in the postseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) currently own the NFL's best record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while the Dallas Cowboys (8-3), New York Giants (7-4) and Washington Commanders (7-5) make up the NFC's three Wild Card spots at the moment.
The Giants and Commanders face off this weekend in their first matchup of the season, with the second meeting coming just two weeks later. The Giants will welcome the Eagles to MetLife Stadium in the week between those two games, while the Commanders have their bye.
All four teams have at least two more divisional matchups left on their respective schedules. The Giants have the most with four (two against Commanders, two against Eagles).
The NFC East is the second division in which all four teams have at least seven wins through Week 12 since realignment in 2002, joining the AFC North in 2014.
The NFC East's combined winning percentage of .711 is the highest in the NFL. The AFC East is the only other division in which each team currently owns a record above .500 (combined winning percentage of .659). The NFC and AFC East together have a record of 61-28, which is the best combined record by any two divisions through Week 12 since the 1970 merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.
Nick Gates named Giants' recipient of Ed Block Courage Award
Nick Gates, who was sidelined for 410 days after suffering a horrific leg injury but returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Thanksgiving, has been named the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
"It was pretty cool," said Gates, who learned he received the honor when coach Brian Daboll announced it in a recent team meeting. "I got voted by my teammates for it. I knew I was up for it, but I didn't know I was getting told that day.
"I was a little shocked. I didn't think I was going to get it. (Wide receiver) Sterling (Shepard) was on the list. And I think (quarterback) Daniel Jones, too. Those are two good people – people that are loved by their teammates and are good leaders in the locker room. They display a lot of things that are on that list. So, to be able to get picked in a group like that, it was awesome."
Gates, an offensive lineman who turned 27 Sunday, has played in the Giants' last four games, a remarkable comeback for a player who wondered if he would ever suit up again.
Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honor NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall, all 32 teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient.
The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. He is also a community role model. With this honor, Gates enters into an association by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.
View photos of Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates throughout his NFL career.