The NFC East remains a division that is all about only two teams.
Fans of the New York Giants may not like to read that, but it's a statement that is 100 percent true. New York would have to run the table while facing a very difficult schedule in order to have even a shot at the playoffs. That probably isn't happening, and I also don't think that doing so would be good enough.
Either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles are going to be playing in January. Which one it is may not be determined until the final Sunday of the season. At the other end of the standings is the team that calls our nation's capital its home.
The Washington Redskins may very well be the worst side in the conference.
2013 Week 14 NFL power rankings: NFC East
30. Washington Redskins (3-9): One thing needs to be made clear. Washington did not lose on Sunday night because of that awful mistake made by the refs in the fourth quarter. The Redskins lost a game in which they had a 14-point lead at home, and one that saw them give the ball away during their final offensive drive.
That said, everybody needs to relax regarding quarterback Robert Griffin III. Let's all give the guy one real offseason, one that doesn't involve him rehabbing from a serious injury, before we bury him. Think I'm being overly kind regarding RG3?
How's Cam Newton playing these days?
16. New York Giants (5-7): Things could certainly be worse for a side that started out at 0-6. Think back to mid-October, New York fans. Was there even a little part of you that, at that time, believed that the Giants would right now today still mathematically have a chance to qualify for the postseason?
All of that aside, an overall 9-7 record remains the only attainable goal for the Giants at the moment. Believing that both the Eagles and Cowboys are on the verge of experiencing epic collapses is foolish. Remember when a New York team unable to enter the playoffs finished at 10-6 a few years ago?
They had a pretty good follow-up to that campaign.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5): Philly has won four straight. The Eagles control their playoff fate. It's all good news for Philadelphia football fans, right?
The Eagles had to survive in each of their last two games. That doesn't really scream “playoff team,” especially when such contests occur in the second half of a campaign. An impressive home victory over the Detroit Lions would do wonders for Philadelphia.
8. Dallas Cowboys (7-5): It's the same story every year at this time of the season. Tony Romo in December. Tony Romo in December. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Romo should, in theory, quiet all doubters for good when it comes to this matter if the Cowboys win the division. A prime time December match-up at the Chicago Bears is no picnic. The Green Bay Packers may have Aaron Rodgers back on December 15. The Redskins are going to put up a fight on December 22 (ask the Giants about that). The December 29 contest against the Eagles could be a one-and-done playoff game for both of those teams.
The truth of the matter is that these power rankings do not offer a true reflection of how poor the NFC East teams have been throughout 2013. Either Dallas or Philadelphia will plummet down to the teens by the time the regular season is over. It's also possible that the Giants could be in the 20s when all is said and done.
Washington may not even be able to say that come the final day of 2013.
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