A couple of weeks ago, the Cowboys' poor start was brushed off by fans saying the entire division was struggling out of the gates. And that was true. Now at 1-4, the Cowboys are in a huge hole while everyone else in the division is at least .500.
The Redskins and Eagles both had promising results this week with Philly walloping Atlanta and the Redskins giving the Colts a huge scare before eventually losing. But both teams had big-time performances from some unheralded players and made fantasy players worldwide giddy.
For Philly, WR Desean Jackson had an early touchdown before taking a vicious hit and leaving the game with a concussion. Then came Jeremy Maclin. The second-year receiver had a huge day after being thrust into the spotlight with seven catches for 159 yards and two scores to make him the highest scoring player in standard scoring leagues for the weekend.
Then there's Washington running back Ryan Torrain, who appears to have taken the starting job by the horns and run with it, literally. Torrain finished Sunday night's game with 100 yards and two scores on 20 carries, which makes Torrain so appealing because not many backs in the league still get 20 carries a game.
As for disappointments, look no further than your own Miles Austin. The NFL's best receiver over the past 16 weeks (dating back to last season) managed just two catches for 12 yards on Sunday against the Vikings, while his beleaguered teammate Roy Wiliams caught two touchdown passes and Dez Bryant found the end zone for the first time on offense in his short career (his other TD came on a punt return against Chicago).