NFC East Week 15 Power Rankings: Status Quo After Winning Week
You may or may not remember Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, but that was the last time every single team in the NFC East won on the same day until it finally happened again, rather suddenly, in East Rutherford, Landover, Tampa and Cincinnati this past weekend.
As a result, no movement in our NFC East power rankings. Despite the injury suffered by Robert Griffin III, we still view the Washington Redskins as the division's "most powerful team" with three weeks remaining in the season.
1. Washington Redskins (7-6, No. 1 last week)
I think it was important that the Redskins got proof they can win without Griffin, and coming back to beat a division leader in December without your starting quarterback and with the rest of your roster banged up is quite an impressive feat.
That's why Mike Shanahan has to get heavy consideration for coach of the year. What he and his staff have done this year is nothing short of amazing. RG3 gets the majority of the credit, but this has been a team effort. And even if they fall short in 2012, this 'Skins will undoubtedly be my early division favorite to kick off 2013.
2. New York Giants (8-5, No. 2 last week)
Lots of pressure against the Saints, which is nice, but the pass rush still has to step up and start recording more sacks at some point soon if the Giants are going to survive on that side of the ball during the home stretch and the playoffs.
Yes, it was a superb offensive effort against New Orleans and I'm excited to see if David Wilson can become a major weapon for the remainder of the year, but they'll definitely be looking to get more consistent defensively.
3. Dallas Cowboys (7-6, No. 3 last week)
Where will the Cowboys finish in the NFC East?
Weird week for America's Team. The loss of a player takes precedent, of course. Beyond that, though, football was played, and the inspired Cowboys fought hard and honorably in a gutty road victory over the Bengals.
The problem is that Dez Bryant's injury might do them in. This team has been through so much this year and now it's lost another one of its key players. How much gas is left in the tank? And while they've done a decent job taking advantage of an easy schedule, it's about to get a lot tougher.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-9, No. 4 last week)
Glass half-empty Eagles fans will argue that the team is screwing them again, this time by moving down the draft board with an otherwise meaningless victory in Tampa. But while teams like Arizona and Oakland give up on their seasons, it was nice to see the Eagles push hard and put forth a playoff-like effort against the Buccaneers.
The defense finally held an opposing passing game in check, which was nice, but the key Sunday was that Nick Foles—with very little support—began to look like a franchise-caliber quarterback, rising to the occasion on two big fourth-quarter drives in the comeback victory.
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