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NFC East Week 11 Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys Back on Top

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) adjusts coverage during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 13, 2012

This division really sucks right now. An NFC East team hasn't defeated an out-of-division opponent since Week 7, and that was just the Dallas Cowboys beating the terrible Carolina Panthers. The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and New York Giants are all on losing streaks. It's just a freakin' mess. 

With the home stretch right around the corner, here's how I view the division's four teams in a nuthshell. 

 

1. Dallas Cowboys (4-5, second last week)

For those of you who believe it isn't fair to have a 4-5 team ahead of a 6-4 team, I'll reiterate that these are power rankings and kindly ask you to peruse the NFL standings.

One Dallas win over a train-wreck Eagles team shouldn't be enough to land it in the top spot, but combine that with the fact the Giants haven't been playing good football for a month and look at the upcoming schedule and it's obvious we have a race again...and the 'Boys have all the momentum.

 

2. New York Giants (6-3, first last week)

The bye week should be very beneficial for the Giants, but there's still a very good chance they'll have to beat Green Bay when they return in two weeks merely to retain the top spot in this division. The defense is—in Tom Coughlin's words—soft, and the offense just isn't clicking.

Suddenly, the pass protection is shoddy again and Ahmad Bradshaw is once again hurting. This doesn't feel like a Super Bowl team at all right now, but they rarely do in the month of November. 

 

3. Washington Redskins (3-6, fourth last week)

The 'Skins are suddenly healthier with Pierre Garcon, Brandon Meriweather and Jammal Brown all close to seeing action as they bounce out of their bye week looking refreshed and ready to take advantage of an Eagles team in disarray.

I think it's too late for the 'Skins to make a charge, but a win at home against Philly will move them two games out of first place, which will at least make the final six-game stretch of the season interesting for Mike Shanahan's squad.

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6, third last week)

How 'bout this from CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: For the first time in team history, the Eagles have allowed three quarterbacks in a row to post passer ratings of 120 or higher against them. So again, it turns out Juan Castillo wasn't the problem, and it goes far beyond Michael Vick and/or Nick Foles.

The entire team is subpar, in nearly every single area. And it doesn't appear to be something that can be fixed overnight. They have to start that process right now.

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