Week 7 NFC East Power Rankings
NFC East Power Rankings
This past week in the NFC East was by far the best for the struggling division. Overall, they went 3-1 and one team now sits alone atop the standings.
In Landover, Maryland, the Washington Redskins took on the Chicago Bears in a power-packed thriller. Behind Robert Griffin III’s strongest performance yet this season, the Redskins won 45-41, the second highest scoring game this NFL season.
The highest scoring game in the NFL this season involved the Dallas Cowboys when they played the Denver Broncos. This past week, the Cowboys took sole possession of first place in the NFC East with their 17-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
After starting off the season 0-6, the New York Giants finally won their first game when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on Monday Night Football. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and the Giants certainly needed this one.
By no means is the NFC East back to the powerhouse that they were last year as each team had their fair share of mishaps and mistakes. The Redskins somehow managed to beat the Bears despite a poor showing from the defense in the second half, and the Giants simply made less mistakes than the mistake-prone Vikings. In Philadelphia, it was an ugly game that the Cowboys won.
So how does this past week shake things up? Well, more than you might expect. For the past couple weeks, the rankings have stayed the same. After the way the division played in Week 7, things certainly are different.
4. New York Giants (Last Week: 4)
While the Giants did pick up their first win, it was ugly. As the great Bill Cowher once said, “So what if we won ugly?” The Giants still have a long row to hoe if they want to salvage this season, but at least things might be starting to turn around. Eli Manning didn’t throw an interception and the defense played well.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 2)
While the Giants had an ugly win, the Eagles had an ugly loss. Since Michael Vick was out, they had to insert Matt Barkley when Nick Foles went down with an injury. It seems as though Chip Kelly’s offense is defendable, although he’s had some troubles finding a quarterback to run it. Interestingly enough, the Eagles are 0-3 in Philadelphia this season.
2. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 3)
The Washington Redskins finally looked like the complete football team that we thought they were. While they played bipolar with the defense playing well in the first half and not the second and vice versa for the offense, we finally saw the spark that we saw in 2012. Robert Griffin III was back to his old ways but playing much smarter. The 1-2 punch of Roy Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris at running back certainly seems like something the Redskins should take advantage of as well. Look for them to only get better as the season wears on.
1. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 1)
The Cowboys now take sole possession of first place after their defeat of the Eagles. Tony Romo threw for over 300 yards but did have two interceptions. Really, their win was almost as ugly as the Eagles’ loss. Sean Lee had another solid game at linebacker with 11 total tackles, and Dez Bryant played with 110 yards on eight receptions. While they are currently in control, they shouldn’t sit comfortably as there is plenty of room for improvement.
Week 8 Outlook and Predictions
In Week 8, all four teams will be active including one matchup between division rivals.
The Redskins will certainly the toughest test as they will head to Colorado to play the Denver Broncos. With the likelihood that they’ll be starting a very inexperienced secondary due to Reed Doughty’s injury and Brandon Meriweather’s suspension, that could be ugly. I think the Broncos will win this one, 38-17.
Dallas will head to Detroit to play the Detroit Lions. I look for a lot of offense in this contest as two high powered offenses square off. In the end, it could be the Lions’ defense that wins them the game as the front four could certainly overpower the Cowboys' front five. I think the Cowboys win a shootout, 34-31.
The Giants and the Eagles will go head to head in Philadelphia, a place where the Eagles have yet to win. The Giants are coming off of a victory and the Eagles have been on the down-slide in recent weeks. I think the Giants will win this one, 21-6.