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After beating the New York Giants on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles sit at 2-3, tied for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
The two teams may be deadlocked in the standings, but NFC East Lead Writer Brad Gagnon believes that there's still a clear-cut front-runner in the division:
The Philadelphia Eagles earned a tangible, real-world victory Sunday, while the Dallas Cowboys merely gained a moral victory. The NFL standings now show that Philly and Dallas are tied atop the the NFC East, but Eagles fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.
A significant gap still exists between the Cowboys, who arguably outplayed the NFL’s best team Sunday, and the Eagles, whose two victories have come against the 1-3 Redskins and the 0-5 Giants. Two of the Cowboys’ three losses have come against teams that are currently unbeaten, and the other came on the road against a solid Chargers team.
On Sunday, Dallas scored 48 points and fell just three points short against a Denver team that is 5-0 and on pace to shatter the record for points scored in a season. Against that very same Broncos team in Week 4, the Eagles were crushed by 32 points.
Everyone’s hammering the Giants nowadays, but Chip Kelly’s team had its hands full for the majority of Sunday’s game. Philadelphia was void of momentum and leading by only a single point in the fourth quarter before Eli Manning went on an interception spree.
I know, a win’s a win, and a loss is a loss. But if we’re reading more deeply into their respective performances, Dallas has a clear edge.
The key could be the difference between the two quarterbacks. Michael Vick was forced to leave Sunday’s game in New Jersey with a hamstring injury. It was the third time this year we’ve seen him with a significant hobble. Does anyone really expect the guy to stay healthy for 16 games?
Meanwhile, Tony Romo posted a 140.0 passer rating while becoming the 15th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards in a single game. He’s the third-highest-rated pivot in the league, behind only Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, both of whom have beaten the Cowboys this season.
They may be tied after what went down Sunday, but don’t be fooled into believing the Eagles have a strong chance to pull this off.