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NFC East Standings: Giants on heels of Eagles, Cowboys

Let's assess the NFC East one-fourth of the way through the NFL season.

The Dallas Cowboys are a surprising 3-1 thus far
The Dallas Cowboys are a surprising 3-1 thus far
Tom Pennington

Let's take a look at how the NFC East stacks up one-fourth of the way into the 2014 NFL season. Right now the division looks like a three-team race that could go to the end of the season.

NFC East Standings

Philadelphia Eagles 3-1
Dallas Cowboys 3-1
New York Giants 2-2
Washington Redskins 1-3

New York Giants (2-2)

The Giants have put themselves in position to compete for a playoff berth, be it the division title or a wild-card spot, with two straight victories. Depending on how the rest of the season goes the loss of a winnable game to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 is one that might come back to haunt them.

The Giants have a home game coming up against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and then hit the road for critical road games against the division-leading Eagles and Cowboys. When the Giants hit their bye week after playing in the Jerry-Dome on Oct. 19 we will have a much better idea how this season could turn out.

Giants' fans appear to be confident right now, with 85 percent of those voting in our poll thus far saying the Giants will reach the playoffs.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)

The Eagles suffered their first loss on Sunday, with the San Francisco 49ers coming away with a 26-21 victory. The Eagles' usually high-flying offense scored only one touchdown, with one coming on an interception return and one on a punt return.

The biggest issue for the Eagles might be the offensive line struggles caused by a rash of injuries.

Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

Well, who saw this coming? The Cowboys routed the New Orleans Saints, 38-17, on Sunday and they look like a real football team.

"I think they're going to contend all year," Carl Banks said today on WFAN. "They're definitely a legitimate team."

There seem to be plenty of others who agree with Banks.

Dallas has been better defensively thus far than anyone thought they could be, and they also seem to have remembered that running back DeMarco Murray is pretty darn good.

They are, of course, still the Cowboys. So, who knows what will happen over the next 12 games.

Washington Redskins (1-3)

The Redskins look like a train wreck. The Giants embarrassed them last Thursday, and the Giants can't possibly be as good as they looked. Can they? Redskins' fans are already dissecting the team's offseason mistakes.