The Dallas Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East after their 19-3 Week 1 victory over the New York Giants. The Philadelphia Eagles also won their opener over the Washington Redskins, 30-17.
In what is traditionally one of the most competitive, tough to predict conferences in the entire league, let’s examine the four teams and how they stack up in the first of our weekly divisional power rankings.
1. Dallas Cowboys: 1-0 (Tied for 1st in NFC East)
Dallas has a high-powered offense, but what stood out the most was their defensive performance against the Giants. Allowing just three points to a Giants offense that was without Odell Beckham Jr. was nonetheless impressive. It was a big win for a Dallas team that went 13-3 but lost twice to the Giants in 2016. A statement win in Week 1 puts the Cowboys in the driver’s seat going forward.
Week 2 Matchup: At Denver Broncos (1-0)
2. Philadelphia Eagles: 1-0 (Tied for 1st in NFC East)
Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz continues to look like a potential franchise player for this scrappy Eagles team. They pulled away late (thanks to a controversial fumble by Kirk Cousins) and look to be back to playing the way they did through the first few weeks of 2016 – when they got off to a fast start before falling out of the playoff picture. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to get to most out of a defense that isn’t exactly stacked with talent. Wentz makes them a dangerous team if he can keep up his elite level of play.
Week 2 Matchup: At Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
3. New York Giants: 0-1 (Tied for 3rd in NFC East)
The Giants, as mentioned above, lost a tough game to the Cowboys in Week 1. Things won’t get much easier as they take on a Lions team with red-hot quarterback Matthew Stafford on Monday Night Football. New York’s defense is as stout as it gets, but if they can’t get things going offensively, they may fall well short of their expectations. Offensive line issues may be ongoing. However, if they can get receiver Odell Beckham Jr. back, it would be a HUGE boost to their anemic offense from a week ago.
Week 2 Matchup: Home vs. Detroit Lions (1-0)
4. Washington Redskins: 0-1 (Tied for 3rd in NFC East)
The Redskins are somewhat of a mystery after losing to an Eagles team that many predicted they were better than entering the season. Kirk Cousins will need to play significantly better for this Redskins team to compete for a division crown. Playing a young, but talented Rams team in Week 2 should give them a chance to even their record at 1-1. Another loss, though, and things would look fairly grim for Jay Gruden’s squad as the schedule only get tougher in the coming weeks. This is essentially a must win for Washington.
Week 2 Matchup: At Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
Check back next week to see how the NFC East stacks up after their Week 2 matchups.