The Eagles achieved the best measure of NFC East success, winning the division with a victory over the Rams last Sunday in Los Angeles. Despite that achievement, Philadelphia also suffered the worst loss in the division when second-year star quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury.
As great as their first NFC East title since 2013 is for the Eagles, the injury to Wentz is much more significant. Philadelphia had a real shot at winning the Super Bowl, and without their MVP candidate passer, those chances take a big hit.
Backup QB Nick Foles could prove capable, he had regular season success with the Eagles in 2013, but only the most optimistic Broad Street resident would maintain the same expectations going from Wentz to Foles.
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Here's the NFC East roundup:
- Philadelphia Eagles (11-2, 4-0) - The Eagles are one of the best teams in football, and their defense is a big part of their success. Now, the formula must change from a Wentz led attack to defensive football with a heavy run game. Philadelphia has the horses to do it in running backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, but seeing that in action will be the next step.
- Dallas Cowboys (7-6, 4-1) - Winners of two straight division games, the Cowboys are fighting back into Wild Card contention. After adjusting to life without Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott is rounding back into form and played well last week in a win in New York. With three games left to play, Elliott only has one game left on his suspension. The Cowboys play Oakland on Sunday night without their star RB, and he will return for their final two games against Seattle and a season finale in Philadelphia, a game the Eagles might have nothing to play for.
- Washington Redskins (5-8, 1-4) - When Washington fans thought the blowout loss to the Cowboys would be the low point of the season, they thought wrong. The Redskins flew to California and got stomped by the surging Chargers in a game that was never close. Now, questions are emerging about shakeups in the coaching staff, the front office, and even at quarterback. Things are unraveling in Washington, and the Redskins desperately need a win this Sunday to calm things down. Playing at home against Arizona, the opportunity is there. Can the Redskins take advantage?
- New York Giants (2-11, 0-4) - A miserable season just won't end in New York. The Giants fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese after benching Eli Manning, and while that was probably the right move, it didn't help on the field. The Giants are a flat out mess, and at some point will probably give third-round draft pick Davis Webb a shot at QB.
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