New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Carolina Panthers' Charles Johnson (95) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Panthers won 38-0. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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 (2-1) — There's the Cowboys, and then there's seemingly everyone else in what so far, at least, seems to be a division every bit as poor as we'd imagined. The Cowboys put together an all-around dominant effort against what we think is a pretty solid St. Louis team. They ran the ball with authority and the Monte Kiffin defense continued to dominate, sacking Sam Bradford six times — his first six sacks he's taken this year in Week 3. Next up: at San Diego Chargers.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) — If it were possible to skip a few spots and rank the division's second-best team at the moment say, fourth or fifth, we'd do it, but that'd just be crazy so we won't. From what we've seen so far, there's a huge drop-off between Nos. 1 and 2. We know Philly's offense is dangerous when it's clicking, but at the frantic pace it's hard to keep it clicking. That first half in the season-opener was very impressive, but since then it's been very hit or miss. Next up: at Denver Broncos.
3. Washington Redskins (0-3) — This hasn't gone well so far for RG3 & Co. The Redskins are making a habit of digging a big hole and then getting a lot of offense in junk time when the game is already well in hand for the opponent. The Redskins' defense is absolutely atrocious despite getting some guys back who were injured last season on what was expected to be an improved unit. It's turned out worse than before. Next up: at Oakland Raiders.
4. New York Giants (0-3) — You thought the Giants might be bad this year and then last Sunday happened. A 38-0 embarrassment at the hands of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a battle of winless teams? If that's not a panic game, I'm not sure what is. Eli Manning is struggling horribly and the Giants have absolutely no running game. They're in trouble. Next up: at Kansas City Chiefs.