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 (6-5) — The Eagles were off on Sunday, but entered their bye week on a three-game winning streak, during which they've dominated opponents. First-year head coach Chip Kelly's high-flying offense seems to finally be coming to fruition, but with Nick Foles under center instead of Michael Vick. The Eagles defense still has plenty of question marks, but they have a ton of talent on offense. Week 17 in Arlington could decide the division, and the playoff spot. Next up: vs. Arizona Cardinals
2. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) — Say what you want about the Cowboys win in New York on Sunday. Call it ugly, if you want. But a win's a win, especially on the road, and most especially within the division. Sunday's last-minute win over the Giants gave the Cowboys a season sweep of the Giants, who entered the game on a four-game winning streak. The Cowboys defense is still shaky, and will be until Sean Lee returns from his hamstring injury. Even before Lee went down, the unit was troublesome, but his injury really hurt matters. That's the only reason Dallas is ranked behind the Eagles, but the Cowboys' remaining schedule is softer. Next up: vs. Oakland Raiders
3. New York Giants (4-7) — The Giants found out what it was like to face a good NFL quarterback, and consequently, their 4-game winning streak came to an end, as did their playoff hopes, on a last-minute, game-winning drive led by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Next up: at Washington Redskins
4. Washington Redskins (3-8) — The Redskins keep on falling. What an awful showing they had at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Robert Griffin III had an awful game, and is still working his way back to form after his knee surgery in the offseason. The Redskins hope he's back by next season, because this season is a lost one after they were in the playoffs a year ago. Next up: vs. New York Giants