Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks up a pass intended for Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys.
In a weekly post, we'll talk about where teams in the NFC East sit after each weekend of play.
1. Washington Redskins (8-6) — The Redskins overcame an early deficit to Cleveland on Sunday behind backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw for over 300 yards and established himself as prime trade bait as a rookie quarterback who's riding the pine behind a transcendent rookie quarterback. Aside from the Denver Broncos, this is the hottest team in football with five straight wins. If they and the Cowboys take care of business on Sunday they'll be meeting up in D.C. next week for the division title. Look out.
2. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) — While the Cowboys aren't quite as hot as the Redskins, they have won four of their last five games (with that one loss coming to Washington on Thanksgiving Day). The oddest thing about this run for the Cowboys? It's December, and the Cowboys are playing great football. They have a tall task this week in shutting down Drew Brees and the Saints' pass-happy offense.
3. New York Giants (8-6) — The Giants are supposed to be kicking into high gear about this time of year, but they're not. In fact, they were shut out by Atlanta on Sunday in a complete butt-whuppin'. That loss alone was enough to bump them down the power rankings, it only made it easier seeing how well the Cowboys and Redskins are playing right now.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) — The Eagles lost again after snapping their skid in the previous week. It's obviously a lost season for the Eagles, who will have a new coach next year and probably a new quarterback to go with whoever that is.