2013 Week 16 NFL power rankings: NFC East

Week 16 NFC East power rankings: Anybody want to win?

12/17/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   72 respect

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. The Packers beat the Cowboys 37-36. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsStop me if you've heard this one before during the 2013 NFL season: All four teams out of the NFC East lost on Sunday.

Something that was a bid odd was that the gutsiest performance put up by any team in the division last weekend came from the side that has the worst record. Meanwhile, the two clubs that are fighting for a playoff berth and for the NFC East title both dropped contests that they should have won. One of them will be participating in the upcoming postseason tournament; even if that team doesn't deserve the honor.

2013 Week 16 NFL power rankings: NFC East

31. Washington Redskins (3-11): So far, so good for Kirk Cousins. In his first start since taking over for the shut-down Robert Griffin III, Cousins thrice found the end zone, he completed 29 of 45 pass attempts, and he threw for 381 yards.

He also turned the football over on three occasions; two interceptions, and one fumble.

I know not everybody agrees, but I absolutely loved Washington going for the two-point conversion and the victory with under a minute to go while on the road. The 2013 Redskins have been a disaster. They had nothing to lose.

All teams with such poor records this late in the season should follow suit.

26. New York Giants (5-9): Take away his rookie campaign, and this is by far the worst season quarterback Eli Manning has ever experienced. Many, myself included, have been quick to point out that Manning hasn't had much help from his offensive line, rushing attack or wide receivers. All of that aside, an offense lives and dies on the play of its quarterback.

New York is dying a painful death this holiday season.

Those on the roster now have to show that they haven't given up on each other or on the coaching staff. Head coach Tom Coughlin is going to get to write his own ticket out of town, and do so when he chooses. His assistants may not be so lucky.

It's been a long time since we have seen Big Blue be this bad.

18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7): Tony Romo. Tony Romo. Tony Romo. To be fair to the Dallas quarterback, he wasn't the main entity worthy of blame for the Green Bay Packers putting 34 points on the scoreboard in the second half.

Still, those bad Romo interceptions at the end of the game didn't help the cause of the Cowboys.

Dallas has no time to pout about this latest disappointment. The Cowboys will be on the road versus a Redskins team that didn't look all that bad against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. You have to believe that Washington would love to play the role of spoiler.

You can't think about Philly just yet, Dallas.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6): The song remains the same for the 2013 Eagles. There is plenty of talent on that roster, but the team only plays one half per game. They may make the playoffs, but that will be a one-and-done trip unless that trend changes, and quick.

What was supposed to be a cut and dry finish en route to a division title no longer looks so easy. Philly will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Eagles don't have to win that game, as they can clinch the division by beating the Cowboys in Dallas on the final day of the regular season.

Then again, Dallas could fall apart against Washington, meaning that the Eagles could wrap things up at home and in prime time.

Four bad teams. That what makes up the NFC East. Two of those clubs will possess high draft picks next spring, while the other two are still alive and fighting for the right to lose in January.

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