Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, bottom, forces a fumble off Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the second half Sunday.
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 (8-6) — The Eagles got their doors blown off in a noon game on Sunday by a really bad Minnesota Vikings team, giving the Cowboys an open door to tie them in the division with a head-to-head tiebreaker in their pocket, as well. Nick Foles had another huge statistical game for the Eagles, but Chip Kelly's defense got torched by Matt Cassel and the Vikings' offense sans Adrian Peterson, who missed the game with an injury. Next up: vs. Chicago Bears
2. Dallas Cowboys (7-7) — Losses don't get any worse than the Cowboys' to Green Bay on Sunday. Dallas played a fantastic first half and jumped out to a 26-3 lead before being outscored 34-10 in the second half as the Packers' fourth starting quarterback of the season hung four touchdown passes on the Cowboys' secondary and the coaching staff got a big fat "F-" for its game management and play-calling. Next up: at Washington Redskins
4. New York Giants (5-9) — Notice, I dropped the Giants out of third place this week on the heels of their embarrassing loss to Seattle. True, they're still better off than Washington, but enough so to deserve a spot on their own in the NFC East pecking order. Terrible. Just terrible. Next up: at Detroit Lions
4. Washington Redskins (3-11) — The Redskins dropped their sixth straight game in their first game without Robert Griffin III under center. Now, there's talk Mike Shanahan could be looking to fire his own son/offensive coordinator. Troubled times in the nation's capital. Next up: vs. Dallas Cowboys