The Cowboys lost a big game Monday night, and with that defeat, the 2018 NFC East looks like a two-horse race between the Redskins and the Eagles.
Unfortunately for Washington fans, the two teams might be going in different directions. The Redskins lost three offensive starters in their loss to Atlanta last Sunday, while the Eagles got to rest on their bye week.
Going forward? Let's dig in:
Washington Redskins (5-3, 2-0)
It's been a bad few days in Washington. The Redskins got drubbed by the Falcons, at home, and then three offensive starters landed on the injured reserve after the game. Some in Washington believe the season is over, but that notion seems premature. The Redskins still have one of the best defenses in the NFL and might be best suited for the offenses in the division. If Alex Smith and Jay Gruden do figure out a way to move the football, the defense still looks fearsome.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-4, 1-0)
The Eagles enjoyed a bye week and got to watch Dallas and Washington lose in the division. The truth in Philadelphia appears to be that if the Eagles can get their offense right, they have a good chance to defend their division title. That means get new wide receiver Golden Tate up to speed, and get Carson Wentz back to his 2017 MVP-level of play. Keep in mind, half of the Eagles remaining eight games will be NFC East play, including two in December against the Redskins. Philly still must play the Saints and the Rams too.
Dallas Cowboys (3-5, 1-1)
Plenty of informed Cowboys fans watched their team lose, at home, to the Titans on Monday night and determined their playoff hopes were shot. It wasn't about the defense, as that group remains talented, it was about the offense. Dak Prescott continues to underwhelm, even with new target Amari Cooper wearing the star. Jerry Jones already came out and said there would not be an in-season coaching change, so that means anything could happen in Big D.
New York Giants (1-7, 0-3)
The Redskins and Eagles will battle it out for the division, and the Cowboys want to be a part of that too. It might not happen for Dallas, but it certainly won't happen for the Giants. The biggest story this week in New York has been the traffic arrest of rookie QB Kyle Lauletta. The Giants won three games last season, and honestly, the hope might be to double that up for the Giants this year. Six games might not be doable, but knowing the NFC East, the Giants could certainly play the role of spoiler late in the year.
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