Week 3 NFC East Power Rankings
NFC East Power Rankings
It’s certainly been a wacky start to the season. For the Giants, who could’ve guessed that they would go 0-3 to start the season? The same could be said for the Redskins. Many had them and the Giants atop the division and fighting for the crown at season’s end. Now, both teams will be fighting to get back to .500.
For the Eagles, their quick start to the season ended just as quickly as it happened. After running up 33 points on the Redskins in Week 1, they have fallen to 1-2 after losses to the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. This past Thursday, former Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid returned to Philly with his newly revitalized Chiefs and won 26-16. On the Eagles' sideline, things seemed to be in disarray as it was mistake after mistake.
Then you have the Cowboys. At the beginning of the season, many didn’t see them as much of a threat to the other three. However, that doesn’t mean that nobody thought they would be competitive. The Cowboys have a solid team put together, but who could’ve guessed that would sit comfortably atop the NFC East in Week 3?
Maybe the NFC East isn’t as daunting a division as we thought it was. Many anticipated the Redskins to be serious contenders this season and they are off to their worst start since 2001. The New York Giants are a mess after getting shell shocked by the Carolina Panthers, and Chip Kelly’s high powered offense doesn’t so powerful anymore.
In the following slides you’ll find my power rankings for the NFC East following Week 3 of the NFL season. In the final slide, we’ll do a quick preview of the division's upcoming contests in Week 4.
4. New York Giants (Last Week: 2)
Things just keep rolling downhill for the Giants. After two ugly losses to the Cowboys and Denver Broncos, ugly doesn't even begin to explain the 38-0 drubbing at the hands of the Panthers. Eli Manning was sacked eight times during the worst loss the Giants have suffered under head coach Tom Coughlin. This team has major issues. The Panthers are by no means good enough to beat the Giants 38-0. The running game was bad as the offense just couldn't get anything going. Cam Newton had a field day for Carolina throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another one.
3. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 4)
The Redskins have just as many problems as the Giants, but on offense Washington looked to be improved. Alfred Morris carried the ball well, Robert Griffin III looked more comfortable and the Redskins actually had a chance in the end against the Detroit Lions. Defensively, this team has a lot of improving to do. They can't tackle and the secondary can't cover.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1)
The Eagles have been knocked off the top spot after their awful showing against the Chiefs. In the first half alone, the Eagles had three turnovers. Michael Vick was sacked five times and just had a hard time getting the offense going against his former head coach, Andy Reid. LeSean McCoy still ran the ball well, but the rest of the offense floundered and the defense was nothing to brag about.
1. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 3)
Granted, they played the St. Louis Rams, but the Cowboys looked good in their 31-7 victory over the Rams. Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions and was only sacked once. Running back DeMarco Murray had an impressive showing with 175 yards on 26 carries for 6.7 yards per carry average. The secondary did surrender 240 yards passing, but the run defense was stout and only allowed 35 yards. While you can make a case that it was against the lowly Rams, good teams need to win games against lesser opponents like this.
Division Week 4 Outlook
Week 4 could be another tough week for the division. The combined record of all four opponents is 6-3.
The Redskins will head out west to play the Oakland Raiders. After the poor tackling that we've seen this season, the Redskins could have a tough time corralling Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor.
The Giants will be going up against the Chiefs. Currently, the Chiefs are 2-0 against the division with wins against the Cowboys and Giants. New York will have their hands full at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Cowboys will go on the road to play the Chargers. The Chargers beat the Eagles earlier this season, but the defense for the Cowboys is far superior to that of the Eagles. This will be a tough game for them to win but one they should be able to take.
The Eagles by far have the toughest test this week as they take on the offensive juggernaut of the Broncos. If they play like they did last Thursday night, this one will get ugly and fast.