Week 8 NFC East Power Rankings

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Week 8 NFC East Power Rankings

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It was an interesting weekend for the NFC East division. After two teams snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, the division went 1-3.

The Dallas Cowboys seemed to have a victory all locked up against the Detroit Lions. At least, they did until Matthew Stafford led a touchdown drive in the final minute of the game to win it for Detroit. Calvin Johnson had 329 receiving yards and Dez Bryant threw a couple fits, kind of. Those are basically the big storylines from this one.

The Washington Redskins nearly shocked the NFL-world when they were leading the Denver Broncos 21-7 five minutes into the third quarter. Then, Peyton Manning and company got real and scored 38 unanswered points while the Redskins seemingly collapsed around them. Things got ugly fast in Denver for Washington.

The third game of the day was between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. This was the second meeting between the two and it was just as ugly as the first, but the Giants got the “W” thanks to five Josh Brown field goals.

Oddly enough, this division is wide open as we head to Week 9. The New York Giants, who at one point many believed didn’t stand a chance of making the playoffs, now find themselves just two games out of first along with the Redskins. The Eagles have completely become a mess, and the Cowboys are consistently the NFL’s best losers. They come oh so close against really good teams but can’t quite find a way to finish the game with a win.

After Week 8 of the NFL season, the NFC East power rankings now look a little bit different.

Away we go!

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4. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 3)

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Things have now officially hit rock bottom for the once mighty Eagles. After the way they demolished the Redskins in Week 1, many believed they were the best team in the NFL, let alone the division. Quarterback troubles have ruined this team and things aren’t looking up with Mike Vick injuring his hamstring again against the Giants.

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3. New York Giants (Last Week: 4)

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At long last, the Giants have climbed from the cellars of the division after beating the Eagles. Eli Manning has been taking care of the football better in recent weeks and things may be starting to turn around in New York. We’ve seen them make a late season push in years past, and they could be setting up to do it again.

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2. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 2)

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The Redskins' defense looked really good against the Broncos for a whole half and some change. The offense, not so much. Don’t go overboard with Kirk Cousins' good play at the end of the game. The Broncos’ defense didn’t prepare for him and weren’t ready for him. Robert Griffin III is still the team's leader, but Alfred Morris needs more of a workload for them to find future success. The Giants are hot on their heels for the second spot in this ranking.

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1. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 1)

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Despite the comeback by the Lions, Dallas remains atop the NFC East power rankings simply because they didn’t look that bad in the loss. This time, you can’t blame Tony Romo for this late game debacle. The defense just didn’t have an answer for Calvin Johnson. Like I said earlier, the Cowboys are good enough to beat good teams they just have an issue closing the deal late in the going.

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Week 9 Outlook and Predictions

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Three of the four NFC East teams will be in action this coming week with the Giants being on their bye week.

The Redskins will come home to Washington to play the San Diego Chargers. Again, the secondary has a tough task in stopping the Chargers offense. The Redskins can win this one handily if they rely on Alfred Morris more than they did in the second half against the Broncos. I think they will and Washington will come away with a 28-17 victory.

Dallas will stay home and play the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota is a mess at every position except for running back, but not even Adrian Peterson has been able to carry this team to any success. The offensive line is a mess and the Cowboys’ defense will play well in a 34-14 victory.

Philadelphia heads out west to play the Oakland Raiders. Terrelle Pryor is not a quarterback to be taken lightly and the Eagles offense isn’t as stellar as we all once thought. The Eagles drop to 3-6 after losing to the Raiders, 14-6.

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