Our New York Giants play their first NFC East game of the season Monday night when they travel to Dallas to face the hated Cowboys.
That makes this a perfect time to assess the jungle that our 4-2 Giants, who are in good shape tied with Philadelphia for the division lead, are about to enter.
So, let's take a team-by team look around the division.
Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
We have to start here, since the Giants travel to the Jerry-Dome Monday night to face the Cowboys. This is a team in disarray. More excessive celebration penalties than victories. Tons of talent, but a coach who can't seem to get them to play. Turnovers, mistakes, losses.
How does a team rank third in the league in offense and fourth in defense, yet win just one of five games? Beats me, but Dallas has done it. Truth is, this has to be absolute glee for the rest of the NFL, which in no way wants to see the Cowboys get to play a home Super Bowl game at the end of this season.
Owner Jerry Jones and coach Wade Phillips are trying to remain optimistic about the team's chances.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)
Kevin Kolb? Michael Vick? Kevin Vick? Michael Kolb? Exactly who is this team's quarterback, anyway? What day is it? What time is it? Which guy is even in uniform this week? Does any of it really matter?
The Eagles seem to find ways to win enough games to be a threat no matter who is taking snaps from center. Now they have to overcome the loss of DeSean Jackson to a concussion for the next several weeks, and we will see what kind of impact that has. Jackson is the one guy they have who is always a threat to get them easy, quick points. It remains to be seen if their offense, ranked No. 4 in the league currently, can still get the big play without him.
The Eagles are ranked a fairly pedestrain 11th in the league defensively in terms of yards allowed per game, so there are plays to be made against Philly.
I am still not sure what the Eagles are. I'm not sure coach Andy Reid knows, either.
Washington Redskins (3-3)
Pretty much what you knew they would be with Mike Shanahan coaching and Donovan McNabb quarterbacking. Dangerous, but not dominant.
Washington's defense is ranked last in the league. Offensively, McNabb is McNabb. Brilliant sometimes, boneheaded and innacurate other times.
The Redskins are a work in progress. But, they are no longer an easy victory.