NFL Week 12 Predictions: New York Giants Lose, Dallas Cowboys Control NFC East

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboysbeat the Miami Dolphins 20-19.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Over the last couple of years, the NFC East was widely considered one of the more competitive and tougher divisions in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants have been capable playoff teams for years now.

The Washington Redskins have been the red-headed stepchild for quite some time. They haven't won the division since 1999.

This year has been a bit different in the NFC East. In fact, the once powerhouse-division could now be mistaken for one of the worst in the league.

I'd still take them over the AFC West, but that's about it.

The Redskins, like always, have fallen off to a 3-7 record.

The Eagles have had their dream season turn into a nightmare. They are sitting at a 4-6 record.

The Giants look like a Super Bowl contender one week, but then look like they deserve the top pick in the draft the following. They have a 6-4 record.

After their Thanksgiving Day win against the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys sit at a 7-4 record at the top of the NFC East.

Despite the record, this is a team that is average at best.

Average or not, it's looking like this division is theirs for the taking.

The Redskins are all but eliminated.

The Eagles have to take on the Patriots without Vick, Asomugha, Maclin and Rodgers-Cromartie this weekend. It's going to take a miracle for them to keep their season alive.

The Giants are really the only team that could give the Cowboys a run at this point. However, they have two tough games that will put them down for the count in coming weeks.

This week they face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Next week they take on the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

It's very likely the Giants will drop both of these games. If they do, they will face a tough gap to overcome.

The Cowboys get to face the Arizona Cardinals next week. They should improve to an 8-4 record and hold a two-game lead over the Giants.

Dallas and New York will face off twice in the finals weeks of the season. All the Cowboys need to do is split the series in order to secure the division. It's unlikely the Giants will be able to overcome even one loss to them.

If Drew Brees and the Saints can take down the Giants this weekend, the division is the Cowboys' to lose.