The NFC East would now appear to be a two-team race between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. The two teams could heading toward a season-ending Week 17 clash at MetLife Stadium that could be a winner-take-all game for the NFC East title and what is shaping up to be the division's only playoff berth.
The Eagles' 33-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys did not officially knock the Cowboys out of the playoff race. It was, however, for all intents and purposes, pretty close to a death blow for Dallas. At 2-6, with six straight losses and at least two more weeks until quarterback Tony Romo returns it would seem virtually impossible for Dallas to get back into the race.
- See Bleeding Green Nation for the Eagles' take on Sunday's victory over Dallas
- See Blogging The Boys for the Dallas perspective on what's left of their season
Let's go by the theory that it will take nine wins to capture the NFC East title. That would mean Dallas would have to go 7-1 over its final eight games. Theoretically possible, but hardly likely. Even if Romo returns for the final six games.
That leaves the Giants and Eagles slugging it out and trying desperately to make that Week 17 game meaningful.
Here are your current NFC East standings, from NFL.com.
|NFC East Team||W||L||T||Pct||PF||PA||Net Pts||TD||Home||Road||Div||Pct||Conf||Pct||Non-Conf||Streak||Last 5|
|New York Giants||5||4||0||.556||247||226||21||27||3-1||2-3||2-2||.500||4-4||.500||1-0||1W||3-2|
The Giants have the tougher schedule the rest of the way. They have games against two of the league's remaining unbeaten teams, the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, among their final seven games. They also face games against the 5-3 New York Jets and 6-2 Minnesota Vikings.
The Eagles play five of seven games leading up to the season finale in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. In those seven games, they play only two teams, the 8-0 Patriots and the 6-2 Arizona Cardinals, who have winning records. They do play the 4-4 Buffalo Bills.
TeamRankings.com continues to project the Eagles as NFC East favorites, giving Philly a 61.7 percent chance of winning the division compared to only 35 percent for the Giants. Team Rankings gives the 3-5 Washington Redskins a 6.7 percent chance of coming out on top, and lists the Cowboys with only a 3.6 percent chance of winning the division.
So, let's test your confidence level this week. Are the Giants going to the playoffs, which basically means are they going to win the NFC East? Vote in the poll.