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    New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette (66) chases Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    In a weekly post, we'll talk about where teams in the NFC East sit after each weekend of play.

    1. Dallas Cowboys (4-1) — Things didn't go all right for the Cowboys on Sunday like they had the previous week against the Saints, but the Cowboys held on for an overtime win over the Texans for their fourth straight win — the longest such streak in Jason Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach. The Cowboys have the best running back in football, might have the best offensive line in football and have a defense playing well enough to hold on in the brief time they're actually on the field. It's a winning formula that's tried and true.

    2. New York Giants (3-2) — After dropping their first two games of the season and looking pretty bad doing it, the Giants have done a 180, winning their last three in pretty dominant fashion, including last week's 30-20 win over the Falcons. Eli Manning is playing well and he got another weapon on Sunday as rookie Odell Beckham made his NFL debut after battling injury. They have a key matchup Sunday night against the next team on our list...

    3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) — The Eagles won on Sunday to stay even with the Cowboys in terms of record, but it wasn't pretty as they nearly allowed the Rams to come back and win. The Eagles still have showed no running game even though they have one of the best running backs in the game, and their defense has been awful but opportunistic. As we've said before, we'd be shocked if Nick Foles stays healthy, and if that doesn't happen, the Eagles are in big trouble.

    4. Washington Redskins (1-4) — The Redskins looked somewhat respectable on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but they still lost a game by 10 points despite three Percy Harvin touchdowns being negated via penalty. But they're still easily the worst team in the division and one of the worst teams in the league.