Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) leaps over Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers as he breaks free for a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
In a weekly feature, we'll break down the previous week's game in the NFC East and rank each team based on current perception.
1. Dallas Cowboys — This is close at the top, but the Cowboys edge out the Philadelphia Eagles after racking up six turnovers on defense and seeing a good showing from Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray. Who knows how good the Giants are, but the win was impressive and broke a string of bad outings and bad luck against the G-men at Cowboys/AT&T Stadium. Next up: at Kansas City Chiefs.
2. Philadelphia Eagles — Quite a debut for the up-tempo, fast-paced Chip Kelly offense that he brought from the University of Oregon. Michael Vick looked great, both through the air and on the ground, and DeSean Jackson was definitely his favorite target. Oh, and Lesean McCoy was a terror on the ground. This offense is downright scary, and you can bet opposing defensive coordinators are shaking in their boots right now after seeing the full-fledged offense for the first time. Next up: vs. San Diego Chargers.
3. Washington Redskins — Robert Griffin III got off to a rough start to his season after coming back miraculously soon from a catastrophic knee injury in the postseason last year. But he picked things up as Monday night's game went on and almost led the Redskins back from a 31-7 deficit before losing 33-27. The Redskins still have the pieces to be scary after winning the division last year with Griffin, running back Alfred Morris and some playmakers on defense that were hurt last season. Next up: at Green Bay Packers.
4. New York Giants — The Giants nearly came back against the Cowboys too, but things could've easily been much worse with their six turnovers. Or, you could turn that around and say things could be much better if one or two of those, even, don't happen. But, when it boils down to it, the Giants have no running game as Tom Coughlin already lost faith in David Wilson to hold on to the ball and Andre Brown is out for eight weeks. Eli Manning is good, and his weapons are great, but without a running game, it might not happen. And let's not even mention that secondary. Next up: vs. Denver Broncos.