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By Week 16, the two teams left in the NFC East that will still be contending will be the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, two teams that had a surprisingly uncompetitive meeting on Sunday night. Despite this fact, however, both teams will find themselves fighting for the division title at the end of the season.
Although the Giants currently lead the division, they face a brutal schedule down the stretch, facing off against New England, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Green Bay and Dallas twice. They are also a team that has historically been weaker by the end of the season, despite a strong start.
After a solid 3-1 start, the Redskins have shown their true colors, losing three games in a row, and facing a similarly difficult schedule, having to face the Patriots, Jets, Giants, 49ers, Cowboys and Eagles in their final games.
This leaves the Eagles and the Cowboys, who both have fairly soft schedules down the stretch, and despite the atrocious 1-4 start, the Eagles will use the last two wins as momentum to build on, and will go 7-2 on the rest of their season to finish at a 10-6 record.
The Cowboys, unfortunately, will lose again to Philadelphia on Week 16, which will prove to be the difference as they finish with a 9-7 record. Because there will be stronger wild-card teams, they will not qualify for the playoffs.
NFC East Standings:
Philadelphia Eagles: 10-6
Dallas Cowboys: 9-7
New York Giants: 8-8
Washington Redskins: 4-12