A different team has won the NFC East in each of the last four years. According to that cycle, the Dallas Cowboys are due to capture the division title for the first time since 2009. Based on what took place Sunday in Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, and Thursday in Philadelphia, the 'Boys could be primed to strengthen their grip on the league's most popular division before we reach the second quarter of the 2013 NFL regular season.
Dallas crushed the St. Louis Rams, 31-7, in a near-perfect performance. Quarterback Tony Romo posted a passer rating of 137.2, running back DeMarco Murray had the second-best game of his career with 175 yards on the ground, and the defense held Sam Bradford in check while holding the St. Louis offense to just 35 rushing yards as the 'Boys moved to 2-1.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins both fell to 0-3 in appalling fashion. New York was shut out for only the second time in 17 years, falling 38-0 to the same Carolina Panthers team that the Giants hammered this very same weekend last year. Robert Griffin III was still rusty as the Redskins fell at home to a Detroit Lions team that won just four games in 2012. The 'Skins have now surrendered more yardage during the first three weeks than any other team in NFL history.
History is on neither of those teams' side. Since the NFL adopted its current playoff format in 1990, only three teams—the 1992 San Diego Chargers, the 1995 Detroit Lions and the 1998 Buffalo Bills—have made the playoffs after starting 0-3.