Despite Monday night's tough loss to Dallas, Washington has been the most complete team through the season's first month.

NFC East Power Rankings: Week 3


Editor’s note: These rankings are sure to stir some debate. Frankly, I would have never imagined I’d be writing about the last-place Eagles as we prepare for Week 4 action in the NFL, but here we are.

1) Washington Redskins (2-1)–The Redskins defense did an excellent job against a banged up Dallas offense, holding the Cowboys to a six field goals. Frankly, despite a difficult loss last night, they look like the most complete team in the division through three weeks. Though Rex Grossman hasn’t been a Pro Bowler by any stretch, he has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes on his way to throwing for 846 yards and five touchdowns. The Redskins have to get some consistency in their run game, but Tim Hightower has put together a solid start. It’s not like I’m in love with this team, but there’s not a whole lot to work with here.

2)Dallas Cowboys (2-1)–The Cowboys have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win the last two weeks. Dallas doesn’t look particularly impressive in any facet of the game, but after letting one slip away in New York to open the season the banged-up Cowboys have circled the wagons and have found a way to win two games they could have easily lost. That’s more than the Eagles can say at this point.

3) New York Giants (2-1)–Do I really believe the Giants are a better team than the Eagles? No, I don’t. But I can’t in good conscience put the Eagles ahead of a team that came into Philly and left with a 13-point win. When the Giants can get their running game going as they did Sunday, it makes things much easier on Eli Manning who reminded everyone with his four-touchdown performance that he’s still a solid quarterback. The Giants still have serious problems in their secondary, but they came in and did a nice job against an Eagles offense that spend much of the day in a total daze.

4) Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)–The division’s most talented team is currently also its worst. Unlike Dallas, the Eagles have allowed games to slip away late over the last weeks. Whether it’s linebacker and safety issues, poor coaching, or injuries, the Eagles have simply stumbled out of the gate and now face a must-win game this Sunday at home against San Francisco.

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  • RickMage

    This guys is an idiot. How the Hell he thinks Washington is still better than Dallas, after Dallas’s second string of players beat them, I have no ideal. He’s probably thinking that Washington gave the game away. Well, I see it different. Dallas’s nose guard hand gifted Washington a gift 3 different times after the Redskins cheated three times and mimicked Romo’s cadence. The refs even hand gifted Washington a couple of gifts. Why wasn’t Washington able to use those gifts? I don’t know and don’t care. They suck, I guess. But Dallas was able to win with those factors in play and half of their damn team on IR. I’m assuming that when Miles and 8 other starters get healthy and if the Cowboys beat the Redskins a second time (which they will if all are healthy) and are still the NFC East leader, that this biased idiot who wrote article will still rank Washington above Dallas.

  • RickMage

    This guys is an idiot. How the Hell he thinks Washington is still better than Dallas, after Dallas’s second string of players beat them, I have no ideal. He’s probably thinking that Washington gave the game away. Well, I see it different. Dallas’s nose guard hand gifted Washington a gift 3 different times after the Redskins cheated three times and mimicked Romo’s cadence. The refs even hand gifted Washington a couple of gifts. Why wasn’t Washington able to use those gifts? I don’t know and don’t care. They suck, I guess. But Dallas was able to win with those factors in play and half of their damn team on IR. I’m assuming that when Miles and 8 other starters get healthy and if the Cowboys beat the Redskins a second time (which they will if all are healthy) and are still the NFC East leader, that this biased idiot who wrote article will still rank Washington above Dallas.

  • bobwankel

    Rick, I’m telling you that through the season’s first three week’s Washington has been the most complete and consistent team. I don’t think Dallas was at all impressive last night, despite their win. Teams play with injuries, and the good ones win. Dallas has done a nice job to to this point, I just think they need to be more consistent on both sides of the football.

    I appreciate your opinion–anyone that wants to put Dallas ahead of Washington has a right to do so. As for “bias,” I hate all of these teams equally, so no, it’s not biased. I’ve just had the opportunity to watch every team in this division play each of their three games because of my work at NFL Films.

  • bobwankel

    Rick, I’m telling you that through the season’s first three week’s Washington has been the most complete and consistent team. I don’t think Dallas was at all impressive last night, despite their win. Teams play with injuries, and the good ones win. Dallas has done a nice job to to this point, I just think they need to be more consistent on both sides of the football.

    I appreciate your opinion–anyone that wants to put Dallas ahead of Washington has a right to do so. As for “bias,” I hate all of these teams equally, so no, it’s not biased. I’ve just had the opportunity to watch every team in this division play each of their three games because of my work at NFL Films.

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