NFC East Suddenly a Three Team Race

By Craig Ballard

This article is a look at the remarkable landscape in the NFC East, and how much it has changed the past few weeks. Full disclosure – the Philadelphia Eagles and their 3-7 record (and six-game losing streak) will not be looked at in this article. They are surely headed for their first season with a last place finish since 2007.

On October 28 the New York Giants won a thriller over the Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Redskins were spanked by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFC East was allll Giants. Check the standings as the calendar turned to November:

Giants 6-2

Cowboys 3-4

Redskins 3-5

‘Skins head coach Mike Shanahan put particular emphasis on the next game, but his team still lost to the Carolina Panthers and fell to 3-6. Jam dun for Washington, right? Well things have taken massive turns in this division.

Since Oct 28 the Giants have gone loss, loss, BYE, and this week they are in tough vs the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys have gone loss, win, win, loss. Since their loss to the Panthers we have seen the Redskins go BYE, win, win.

A once runaway scenario for the Giants has become a remarkably tight three-team race for the division. The Monday night football game next week suddenly has great significance as the Redskins will host the Giants.

The Cowboys still have the Pittsburgh Steelers and suddenly charging New Orleans Saints on their schedule, plus they end the season at Washington.

The Giants have the Saints, plus road games at the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens on their schedule.

The Redskins play the G-Men on Monday night football, then are home to the Ravens. If they can even split those games they have a chance for a strong finish as they play at Cleveland Browns, at Philly, and finish the season home to the Cowboys. The ‘Skins have an unreal running game, and all of these teams are decent-at-best vs the run.

I would say the remaining schedules make me think that the once 3-6 Redskins should be considered the front-runners to win the NFC East. What a story that would be in this already wacky NFL season.

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