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. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) — The Nick Foles train is picking up some steam and the Eagles are winners of two straight games, closing the gap in the NFC East standings to zero as they're now tired for first place with the spiraling Cowboys. Every team in the division has flaws, and if the Cowboys were healthy they'd be in this spot, but as presently constructed, the Cowboys aren't even in the top two. Next up: vs. Washington Redskins.
2. New York Giants (3-6) — They're still 1.5 games out of first place behind the Eagles and Cowboys, but look out for the G-men, winners of three straight games. Eli Manning was very average in Sunday's win over Oakland, but the Giants got a big boost in their running game with the season debut of Andre Brown, who rushed for 115 yards and a score to give the Giants a legitimate run threat. Next up: vs. Green Bay Packers.
3. Washington Redskins (3-6) — This team is bad. They do have Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon on their side though, so the offense is always a threat. It says a lot about our last-place team this week that the Redskins are pulling in ahead of them. Next up: at Philadelphia Eagles.
4. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) — Yes, they've fallen this far. Again, this weekly segment is about the present, on a week-by-week basis. And right now, the Cowboys are the worst team in the arguably the worst division in football. Sean Lee's injury on Sunday night was catastrophic. Luckily they have a bye coming this weekend, but Lee will still likely miss at least three games. It's very realistic to say three games without Lee equals three losses as he's proven to be the most valuable player on the Cowboys' defense, even moreso than DeMarcus Ware. Next up: BYE.