Week 6 NFC East Power Rankings
NFC East Power Rankings: Week 6
The New York Giants got the week started for the division when they faced the Chicago Bears last Thursday night. The Giants nearly won, losing 27-21, but that’s only because the Bears played down to New York’s level. The G-Men are off to an alarming 0-6 start.
Philadelphia then traveled south to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chip Kelly said following last week's game that Mike Vick would start upon arrival from his hamstring injury. Don’t believe one bit of that after Nick Foles threw for 296 yards, three touchdowns and even had a rushing touchdown of his own. He has certainly made quite a case for the starting quarterback job.
The Washington Redskins and Cowboys finished off the day with the first of their two rivalry games. Dallas looked strong again and ended up winning 31-16. Despite DeMarcus Ware going down with an injury, the Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage and Dwayne Harris racked up 222 return yards and a touchdown for Dallas.
The front-runner in the division is starting to emerge, but there’s a challenger ready and waiting in the shadows to take the top spot. Before the season began, it seemed like anyone's division. Now that we’re six weeks into the season, it seems that this is actually a two-horse race.
Before you take a look at this week's power rankings, here’s a quick look back at last week's rankings.
Away we go!
4. New York Giants (Last Week: 4)
The New York Giants have one big thing holding them back, and that is Eli Manning and his turnover issues. Against the Chicago Bears, Manning threw three interceptions. You can’t turn the football over as much as they are and expect to win the football game. I’m not saying they need to replace him, but he needs to correct his turnover issues if the Giants want to salvage anything from this season.
3. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 3)
Last week, I said that the Redskins had a chance to overtake the Eagles in the rankings with a strong showing against the Cowboys. Well, they obviously didn’t do that and they lost ground to Philadelphia for the second spot. Washington look absolutely terrible against the Cowboys, with the exception of the defense that played a quietly strong game. The offensive line has some major issues and the special teams were an absolute nightmare. If they keep up this poor quality of play, the Giants may give them a run for this spot.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 2)
As mentioned in the previous slide, I felt last week that the Eagles were in danger of losing this spot on the rankings. After their performance against the Buccaneers, it turns out I was wrong. Quarterback Nick Foles played well and has certainly given Chip Kelly and Mike Vick something to think about at the quarterback position. The Buccaneers' defense is in the top-10 in the league and the Eagles took the fight to them. Just when we thought the offense was dysfunctional, this happened.
1. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 1)
The Cowboys are without question the front-runners in the NFC East after six weeks. They have played strong football week in and week out, and their 31-16 victory over the Redskins saw strong play from the defense, special teams and offense. They looked like a complete unit on Sunday night.
Week 7 Outlook and Predictions
Week 7 brings with it another divisional battle that has major implications at the top of the standings.
The Redskins will head to Chicago to go toe-to-toe with the Bears. After seeing what the Cowboys defensive line did to the Redskins, I wouldn’t expect Washington to have much of a chance against the Bears. Again, they go up against another good pass offense, so the defense will have to respond. I’m picking the Bears to win this one.
The Giants will go for their first win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. They’ll need to figure out how to handle Adrian Peterson if they want to find success, and Eli Manning will need to hang onto the football. I’ve got a good feeling about this one for New York. I’m picking the Giants to win.
The Eagles and Cowboys will duke it out for the top spot in the division in Philadelphia next Sunday afternoon. With a strong showing by the Eagles, they could jump all the way into the top spot of these rankings. However, I don’t see that happening. I’m picking the Cowboys to take care of business.