Dec 5, 2019

The 2019 NFC East is historically bad

Chart: Axios Visuals

Through 13 weeks, the NFC East is a dumpster fire. The Cowboys sit in first despite not having beaten a winning team, the Eagles are extremely "meh" and the Redskins and Giants are two of the league's worst teams.

Why it matters: With six non-division games left, the NFC East is 10-26 against the rest off the NFL — good for an awful 0.277 winning percentage.

Standings:

  1. Cowboys (6-6)
  2. Eagles (5-7)
  3. Washington (3-9)
  4. Giants (2-10)
  • Since 1970, the worst such mark belongs to the 2014 NFC South (Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Bucs), which had a slightly more awful 0.274 winning percentage (11-30-1 record).
  • Even the 2010 NFC West, which made history by becoming the first division to send a team with a losing record to the playoffs (7-9 Seahawks), had a .333 winning percentage in non-division games (14-28).

Coming up:

  • Tonight: The Cowboys (-3) visit the Bears on "Thursday Night Football."
  • Sunday: The Redskins (+13) visit the Packers in search of their third straight win.
  • Monday: With Daniel Jones out (ankle), Eli Manning will likely start for the Giants (+9.5) against the Eagles — and perhaps for the rest of the year.

Go deeper, via The Ringer: The NFL's worst divisions since realignment, ranked

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Life as an NFL long-snapper

Photo: Silas Walker/Getty Images

On Sunday, Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal to give the Ravens a thrilling 20-17 win over the 49ers. Snapping the ball was Morgan Cox, a former walk-on at Tennessee who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has been their long snapper ever since.

Why it matters: During his nine-year career, Baltimore — led by former special teams coach John Harbaugh — has had one of the most consistent kicking and punting units in the NFL. (Tucker has the best career field goal percentage ever; that doesn't happen without Cox.)

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Trump is successfully running out the clock

President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, 13, leave the White House for Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump keeps losing in court, but his legal strategy is winning as he plays for time, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Even as the Democrats take Trump to court over ignored subpoenas, he benefits by letting it all bleed out slowly. Voters won't be learning new damaging facts about him before they hit the polls in 2020.

Go deeperArrowNov 28, 2019

A look at pro sports' salary caps this decade

Data: Real GM (NBA); Spotrac (NFL); Puckpedia (NHL); Chart: Axios Visuals

Over the past decade, the NFL, NBA and NHL salary caps (i.e. limits on how much money teams can spend on players) have all increased, but at fairly different rates.

By the numbers: The NFL salary cap has jumped from $120 million to $188.2 million this decade, a 57% increase. The NBA's has jumped from $58 million to $109.1 million (+88%) and the NHL's has jumped from $59.4 million to $81.5 million (+37%).

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