The Cowboys have found themselves below .500 for the first time since Week One of 2016, at 2-3. They currently sit third in the NFC East, trailing the Eagles and Redskins and they sit ahead of the dreadful Giants.

The division appears to be a three-horse race, Philadelphia looks like a top-five team this season though, and Washington has been surprisingly good defensively.  Let’s take a more in-depth look at each team moving forward and see how Dallas compares to them.

Giants

Let’s be honest, the Giants are awful. They sit at 0-5 and seem to have no chance at making the playoffs. Last weekend they lost both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall to season-ending injuries. Their already-terrible offense will get even worse with their absence.

In their next three weeks, they’ll face the Broncos in Denver, they’ll be home for Seattle and then will have a bye week. I don’t see the Giants winning either of those games; they will find themselves at 0-7 with their eyes on the NFL draft.

Redskins

The Redskins are an interesting team, we don’t quite know who they are yet. A 2-2 record featuring wins against the Rams and Raiders and loses to Philadelphia and Kansas City. Their defense is vastly improved and their offense appears to be stable. Washington will be a team to worry about as the season moves on.

Their next three weeks will be home for San Francisco, at Philadelphia and home for Dallas. Beating the 49ers should be easy for the Redskins, however, I don’t see them beating the Cowboys or Eagles. They’ll drop those two and move to 3-4.

Eagles

This is the team that will compete with the Cowboys for NFC East supremacy come Week 17. They currently sit at 4-1, after a beating of the Arizona Cardinals. They’ve won games without their pro-bowl defensive tackle, Fletcher Cox. Carson Wentz looks like a franchise quarterback. Philly is for real.

Their next three weeks are at Carolina, home against Washington and home for San Francisco. I don’t see them beating Carolina but I believe they will beat the 49ers and Redskins pretty easily to move their record to 6-2.

Dallas cannot lose more than 3 of their last 11 if they wish to make the playoffs in my opinion. The way the Eagles are playing it may require more than that. The Cowboys proved last season that it is an achievable goal but it will require better performances than what we’ve seen from them thus far.

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