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Power Rankings: NFC East

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

    1. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) — This might seem crazy, and it definitely seems like a homer call, but the Cowboys are atop my rankings this week. They're coming off a bye and have made some positive changes to their personnel on offense while getting back some big-time players on defense. Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain and Randy Gregory make this a pretty formidable unit, and one that should, and will need to, get to Eli Manning often on Sunday. A win would put them ahead of the Giants and give them a season sweep, which would be huge. Next up: Sunday, 3:25 p.m., at New York Giants.

    2. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) — You have to give the Eagles the nod over the Giants because they just whupped them this past week, but it wasn't a pretty game on either side. Sam Bradford is still a mess, but they have seemingly figured out finally how to use DeMarco Murray, which will make them better. If the Cowboys beat the Giants on Sunday, and the Eagles lose to unbeaten Carolina, Dallas will once again be in first place alone. Next up: Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at Carolina Panthers.

    3. New York Giants (3-3) — The Giants' offense looked to be in for a big night after scoring on their opening drive against the Eagles on Monday, then it all went to hell in a handbasket, and Eli Manning was just downright bad. A win Sunday is a must to avoid a season sweep by the Cowboys. Next up: Sunday, 3:25 p.m., vs. Dallas Cowboys.

    4. Washington Redskins (2-4) — The Redskins were crushed by a good Jets team last week and now get a bad Bucs team with a rookie quarterback coming off their bye. A loss here would be devastating to a Redskins team that is by no means out of the running in the wide-open East, but a loss Sunday might just do that. Next up: Sunday, noon, vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.