There is no sure thing in the most competitive conference in the National Football League. Just a week ago, internet news groups were filled with obits for the New York Giants season after a 4 game slide followed a 5-0 start. The same fans so quick to throw in the towel were also calling for Eli Manning's head on a platter around this time in late 2007 just before New York captured a six seed and shocked the world in route to a win in Super Bowl XLII. Sunday's OT win over Atlanta will undoubtedly help fill recently emptied seats on the Big Blue bandwagon.
Flashback a year ago this week to the Philadelphia Eagles, also written off as doomed as a Thanksgiving turkey until they served a 48-20 beat down to Arizona in late November. The Eagles would come within one series of a Super Bowl berth weeks later against the same Cardinals team. This past Sunday night's 24-20 victory in Chicago meant the Birds kept pace with New York and Dallas in the East.
And what of the 'boys? Dallas won ugly at home over the Skins. Tony Romo likely won few hearts and minds on Sunday, but the Cowboys who were shown up at their big housewarming party by the Giants on September 20, are atop the NFC East for now.
Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and even Redskins fans need to declare a mortarium on declarations of their respective team's mortality. As for chest thumping over the latest results, save that too. This is not only the most competitive, but most entertaining division in the league. Stay tuned, let the string play out, and be assured that change is the only constant in the NFC East. It's still possible for this division to produce three playoff teams. If it does, the playoffs and the NFL will be the big winners.
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