1. Washington Redskins (3-1): There’s nothing particularly pretty or flashy about the Redskins, but they continue to win. Remember at the turn of the century when it was the Redskins with a roster full of underachieving of big name free agents and the Eagles were the team that just showed up and got it done? Times have changed. Despite Rex Grossman completing only 15 of 29 passes for 143 yards and tossing two interceptions, Washington was able to escape St. Louis with a 17-10 win.
Ryan Torrain carried for 135 and a touchdown and the Redskins’ defense totaled an impressive seven sacks. Washington’s defense has evolved into a fierce unit that will keep them in games all season long.
2. New York Giants (3-1): The Giants are hot. They’ve won three straight games, the last two of which were of the comeback variety. Eli Manning has played well–he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns as his team put up 21 points in the final quarter against the Cardinals to squeak out a 31-27 win. The Eagles, meanwhile, have scored seven points in the fourth quarter all season.
What’s more, the Giants welcomed back defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who immediately made his impact felt with two sacks of quarterback Kevin Kolb. Moving forward, they’ve positioned themselves as the favorite to win the NFC East, even with a shoddy defense.
3. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): The Cowboys collapsed at home last Sunday against the Lions. It’s simply stunning that the Cowboys allowed Detroit to erase a 27-3 second half deficit. Tony Romo got the Lions back into the game, throwing two interceptions that were returned for scores, and the Dallas defense couldn’t come up with critical stops in the waning moments. Credit the Lions’ effort, but that was a potentially deadly missed opportunity for Dallas. It will be interesting to see how they respond.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): We could talk about the porous defense. We could talk about the injuries to Trent Cole and Jason Peters. We could talk about the terrible offensive line, the even worse playcalling. We could talk about the inability to finish games. We could talk about the lack of production by the linebackers and safeties. We could talk about the kicker missing two late field goals that would have ensured a victory. We could, or we could drink gasoline, light a match, and swallow it.
Topics: NFC East Power Rankings