It will certainly be a competitive year in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles have armed themselves with star-caliber players and seem to have their talons clutched around what will be another NFC East crown. The Washington Redskins are amidst a rebuilding phase and still have lots of work to do before they can pose a credible threat to the juggernauts in their division.
This leaves the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants to battle each other, as well as other NFC rivals for a wild card spot. The question is, can they emerge from the pack?
Dallas played to its perceived capability after Jason Garrett took over. The Cowboys' 5-3 record down the stretch provides a glimmer of hope for Cowboys fans to have something exciting to look forward to.
What isn't exciting, though, is the final stretch of their season. The last four games could be deadly, as they will face the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants twice.
The Giants have an extremely difficult stretch of games too, except theirs is even longer.
After a Week 7 bye, The G-Men will have to take on The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys twice, and also have to deal with the likes of the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.
It's a crippling part of their schedule and will be a true test. If the Giants can win five of those eight games, then the playoffs are likely in their future. But that is a tall order for any team to accomplish, no matter how good they are.
Things are shaping up for the Philadelphia Eagles to be the lone team in the NFC East to make the postseason.