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Cowboys bolster lead in NFC East without even playing

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We're nearing the halfway point of the 2021 NFL season, and it might not be too long before the NFC East race is decided. 

In Week 7, the first-place Cowboys strengthened their position atop the division from the comfort of their couches. At 5-1 and with the rest of the division at 2-5, Dallas is in a position where they should worry about playoff seeding rather than their standing within the division. 

Here's a look around at what went down in the NFC East this week.

Washington Football Team (2-5, T-2nd)

It never felt like Washington was out of the game in their latest loss to the Packers, but it also never felt like they were in it, either. Whenever Ron Rivera's group had a chance to make a play and really give Green Bay reason to sweat, they came up short

A Taylor Heinicke fumble to open the second half resulted in a quick Packers touchdown on the ensuing possession, and then the quarterback failing to punch in a touchdown on the goal line on two separate plays kept Washington off the board once again. 

Washington has a winnable game against Denver in Week 8 but then play host to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 9. If this team wants to make a playoff push, they'll need every win they can get moving forward.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-5, T-2nd)

Don't be fooled by the 33-22 final score, the Eagles were blown out by the Raiders in Week 7. They scored 15 points in garbage time but entered the fourth quarter down 30-7. 

 

The offense remains unimaginative and too reliant on a passing game that doesn't suit the quarterback's strengths. The defense plays far too conservatively and is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete over 74% of their passes so far this season. The Eagles have some intriguing young players on both sides of the ball, but the coaching staff has failed to maximize them up to this point in the season. 

In the spirit of garbage time, Philly's schedule lightens up significantly over the next six weeks, including matchups with the Lions, Broncos, Giants and Jets. So even though we have plenty of evidence pointing to them being a bad team, they still might finish with seven or eight wins by the end of the year.  

New York Giants (2-5, T-2nd)

For the first time this season, the Giants are the only team in the division to come away victorious. Was it against a Panthers team that can't seem to move the ball without Christian McCaffrey? Yes. Could the Giants have looked better? Of course. 

But with the way this season has gone for New York, you take what you can get. It won't get easier for this team, however, as they get to travel to Kansas City next week to face Patrick Mahomes after a bad loss to the Titans. 

Dallas Cowboys (5-1, T-1st)

As mentioned before, the Cowboys didn't play this week but still managed to grow their lead in the division. They'll return from the bye with a primetime matchup with Kirk Cousins and the Vikings on the road.