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 (7-5) — The key you have to remember here is this is a ranking of how the teams are playing and are constituted as of now. Nick Foles, for as good as Tony Romo has been this year, has arguably been the division's top quarterback. He has still yet to throw an interception this year and the Chip Kelly offense is finding its groove under a different quarterback than everyone expected to be flourishing in the fast-paced offense. The Eagles held on to beat a red-hot Arizona Cardinals team on Sunday. It's an uphill battle for Philly, though, as Dallas has the head-to-head advantage leading into the Week 17 matchup in Arlington to close the regular season. Next up: vs. Detroit Lions
2. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) — If Sean Lee returns to the Dallas defense for their next game, as is being rumored, it could vault the Cowboys to the top spot. The Cowboys are in great shape with a tiebreaker over the Eagles and a nice remaining schedule, but they have to battle their December swoon which basically happens like clockwork every year. Next up: at Chicago Bears
3. New York Giants (5-7) — The Giants' postseason hopes were basically shot with last week's loss to Dallas, but Washington's hopes were lost a long, long time ago and the nail was further driven into the Redskins' coffin when the Giants held them off on Sunday behind two rushing touchdowns from Andre Brown, who's helped solidify the Giants' ground game. Next up: at San Diego Chargers
4. Washington Redskins (3-9) — Not much to see here, folks. The Redskins are really bad. Pretty crazy for a team that won 10 games last year and nearly won a playoff game. Robert Griffin III is just not the same player coming off the major knee surgery. Next up: vs. Kansas City Chiefs