The Cowboys went down in gut-wrenching fashion against the Rams last weekend and they are now 2-2 on the season. After reclaiming the top spot in my Week 4 NFC East Power Rankings, the Cowboys take a fall, but just how far exactly? Catch up on Week 4’s NFC East results, plus see what these four teams are up against next in my Week 5 Power Rankings below.
1. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-1
Last Week’s Rank: 2nd
The Eagles, as I mentioned last week, wouldn’t be able to prove much, despite winning on the road against a Los Angeles Chargers team that is now 0-4. I don’t see it that way, though. At 3-1, Philly could be one of the best teams in the NFC. Beating a desperate Philip Rivers on the other side of the country should earn you some respect in this league. Up next, it’s a tough, yet winnable matchup at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Week 5 Matchup: Home vs. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
2. Dallas Cowboys: 2-2
Last Week’s Rank:1st
Dallas falls to second place, however, you could certainly make the case that they should be third. As the season goes on, this tough, close loss to Los Angeles may not look as bad. Still, the Cowboys’ defense had trouble all over, which is compounded by the fact that they suffered some key injuries, as Tony Iosso wrote about yesterday. Quarterback Dak Prescott has shown resilience in his short career, and this team is still capable of reeling off several wins in a row. Green Bay in Week 5 will be a true test of this Dallas team’s character.
Week 5 Matchup: Home vs. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
3. Washington Redskins: 2-2
Last Week’s Rank:3rd
The Redskins played the 4-0 Chiefs, possibly the best team in the league this season, about as tough as you can on Monday Night Football. Still, you don’t get points for playing a team close in the NFL (ask the Cleveland Browns or L.A. Chargers), and they blew a chance at winning a potentially season-defining game. They are a good team, though, and Washington being third shows just how tough this division is. A bye week could be just what they need to regroup and get refocused for a playoff run.
Week 5 Matchup: BYE WEEK
4. New York Giants: 0-4
Last Week’s Rank:4th
We have got ourselves a ballgame ladies and gentleman. In what could be the end of an era, two former top-5 picks — Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Giants QB Eli Manning –from the 2004 Draft face off while tied for the worst records in the league at 0-4. Manning and the Giants had high hopes coming in, but haven’t been able to scrap out a win yet. Rivers was already up against it playing in the similarly tough AFC West. Still, these teams will tell themselves it’s not over and fight to avoid that insurmountable 0-5 start. This could be the last time Rivers and Manning face off after being traded for each other 13 years ago. Especially if either team lands the first-overall pick in 2018.
Week 5 Matchup: Home vs. L.A. Chargers (0-4)