Philadelphia Eagles: An NFC East downtrend In Week 4’s Power Rankings

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1. team. 123. . 1-2-0. Previous: 1st. Dallas Cowboys

It seems like the top spot will evade the Philadelphia Eagles for a while.

How bad is the NFC East nowadays? Its best squad (or its best team by default) currently holds a losing record, and it doesn’t appear that will change for several weeks. The Cowboys lone win came by way of an Atlanta Falcons implosion and considering the fact that the team formerly known as the ‘Dirty Birds’ has lost all three of their games this season, two in anti-climactic fashion, you shouldn’t brag about that one too much if you’re a Cowboys enthusiast.

That would be like bragging because your team tied with the Bengals!

As exciting as the Cowboys’ last two matchups were, the Seattle Seahawks proved they aren’t Atlanta. There wouldn’t be any collapses here as Russell Wilson again played at an MVP level and torched the Cowboys secondary for five touchdowns (which should have been six) without much resistance.

The Cowboys’ offense currently ranks eighth in the league, but that’s because Dak Prescott gets his stats by falling behind early and having to pass later to keep his team in games. They’ve shown that, when they get hot, they can go toe-to-toe with some of the elite offenses. Prescott has plenty of weapons to throw the ball too, and wide receivers CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup have all exceeded 230 receiving yards. Tight end Dalton Schultz has also answered the call when he’s been targeted, but this isn’t a very good football team.

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‘Big D’ has the firepower to score points, but they also field a defense that isn’t helping them. As much of a threat as Dallas is to score, they’re even more of a threat to give up an excess of 30 points to their opponent. So far, they’ve allowed 97 points to their opponents while scoring 88 points of their own. That isn’t a recipe to win many games. Sure, they’re the best team in the NFC East and it’s hard to imagine Philly outscoring them. Still as bad as they’ve looked at times, it feels like their place atop the NFC East isn’t one that should garner a ton of national headlines.