There's really no nice way to say it. The NFC East is terrible in November 2013. Only one side, the Philadelphia Eagles, are above .500. The Dallas Cowboys are an average 5-5. You can put the Washington Redskins right up there with the most disappointing teams in the league. Nobody in the division is hotter than are the New York Giants, and they started out the season at 0-6.
Yep, the NFC East has seen better days.
2013 Week 12 NFL power rankings
29. Washington Redskins (3-7): The Redskins continue to be an absolute disaster. Robert Griffin III is clearly not right both physically and mentally, and there is now little question that Washington did not correctly handle the young quarterback when he got injured last season. Now, RG3 is throwing his coaching staff under the bus, which isn't a first for the second-year QB.
Washington also isn't getting much help on the defensive side of the ball. The 'Skins are giving up nearly 275 passing yards per game. There isn't a part of me that believes they'll be able to stop either the San Francisco 49ers or the Giants (twice regarding NYG).
15. New York Giants (4-6): Is it crazy to put a team that isn't even .500 in the upper half of NFL power rankings? It isn't when that side happens to be the league's third-hottest team. Make no mistake about the fact that those within the franchise have put 0-6 in the past. The Giants have undeniably been a different team over their past four games.
I said it after New York picked up its third straight win. There are a lot of champions in that locker room. You don't just forget how to win overnight. With that said, expect New York to absolutely plummet down power rankings next week if they are unable to beat Dallas at home this coming Sunday.
14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5): Last week was, in theory, the perfect time for the Cowboys to be on a Bye. If 2013 has taught us anything, it's that off weeks aren't always kind to NFL teams. Just ask the Cleveland Browns. Or the Kansas City Chiefs. Or the New England Patriots.
The additional rest will mean that the Cowboys will have Miles Austin (hamstring) and DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps) available for what is, to date, their biggest game of the season. It's now on the coaching staff to ensure that any lull that comes with being idle is avoided. Otherwise, Dallas will be Big Blue's latest victim.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5): How high, or how low, you rank the Eagles largely has to do with how much, or how little, you trust them. They have won three in a row, although not one of those would be considered a quality win. All of the good that the offense has achieved has been, at times, outdone by the fact that Philly is responsible for the second-worst pass defense in the NFL.
Philadelphia does, in theory, have an easy schedule following the Bye week. The Arizona Cardinals are playing well, but they'll be flying across the country for a 1:00 pm game on the east coast when they face off with the Eagles. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are good but unreliable. The Minnesota Vikings are awful. That Week 17 match-up against Dallas could be what propels the Eagles into the postseason.
A big shake-up in NFC East power rankings is in the cards following Sunday's action. Either Dallas will again be in control in the division title race, or the Giants will be on the cusp of getting to 6-6. Philadelphia fans should probably be rooting for New York this weekend.