It’s over halfway through the 2013 season and the NFC East remains wide open. Each of the four teams are in a position where a playoff berth is possible, but not because the NFC East has four playoff-caliber teams. Sure, at their best, every team is capable of making an extended run. However, the only reason why the NFC East is wide open is because it is the weakest division in the NFL.
The New York Giants started the 2013 campaign with six-straight losses. Three-consecutive wins have revived them and now, at 3-6, the Giants are two games removed from first place. On Sunday, the Giants host the Green Bay Packers, who are without Aaron Rodgers and backup Seneca Wallace. A win on Sunday could bring the Giants within one game of the Dallas Cowboys and, lucky for us, the two teams meet in Week 12.
The Cowboys are tied for first in the NFC East with a record of 5-5. They have been plagued with inconsistencies this season and are now going to be without starting linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant for 3-4 weeks. Dallas has a much-needed bye this week and then travels to MetLife to face off against the Giants in a divisional game that’s going to hold serious implications.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-5, as well, and are tied with the Cowboys for first. A flaky defense and constant change at the quarterback position has hurt the Eagles this season but it now looks as though Nick Foles has hit his stride. Foles and the Eagles host the Washington Redskins this week before hitting their bye the week after.
After the Redskins travel to Philadelphia, they host San Francisco on Monday night. Washington is tied with the Giants at 3-6, but remember, a second-half surge led them to the playoffs just a year ago, so don’t count them out quite yet.
With several divisional matchups in the coming weeks, we may start to see some separation in NFC East. Then again, who knows, it could remain as chaotic as ever.