COWBOYS WILL WIN NFC EASTBy Todd Archer
The Dallas Cowboys have won two of the last four NFC East titles and there is a good chance they will win their third division title in five years this year.
Has a 34-7 win against St. Louis made me delusional? Didn't I see this team cough up leads to the New York Jets and Detroit Lions? Didn't I see how Jason Garrett really feels about Tony Romo in that loss at New England?
But am I getting carried away? Apparently Tim believes I am. He had the Cowboys finishing with an 8-8 record at the start of the season, so he can't say they will win the division now. And do you want to be in Tim's camp?
But have you seen the rest of the division? The New York Giants are in first place at 4-2, but they lost at home to Seattle. Washington is having buyer's remorse on Rex Grossman and is going with John Beck at quarterback. John Beck?
At 2-4, Philadelphia is hardly the stuff of dreams, but the Eagles have a ton of talent on their roster. Michael Vick is not playing like he did last year, and Andy Reid's arrogance has gotten the best of him. He should have known better than to trust a defense to his former offensive line coach.
Sunday's game at Lincoln Financial Field is huge. With a win the Cowboys would improve to 2-0 in the NFC East and force the Eagles to play almost flawlessly in their final nine games.
The schedule helps the Cowboys, too. They have four games against teams with a winning record at present. The Giants and Redskins have five apiece. Philadelphia has four.
Jason Garrett won't take a big-picture view of the division just yet. He says it's too early. Maybe he's right, but it is all right there for the Cowboys to take.
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COWBOYS WON'T WIN NFC EASTBy Tim MacMahon
Don't take this as counting the Cowboys out in the wide-open NFC East. The Cowboys have a chance to win the division championship.
It's just that the odds are against them.
The 3-3 Redskins are the only NFC East team that has no realistic hope to win the division. There are two good reasons for that: (1) The Redskins are ravaged by injuries, especially on offense; (2) Washington's quarterbacks are John Beck and Rex Grossman.
I'd rank the 3-3 Cowboys third among the NFC East teams with a legitimate chance to win the division championship.
That opinion might have a shelf life of only five more days. It will change if the Cowboys manage to pull out a win at Lincoln Financial Field, which would essentially cross the Eagles off the list of NFC East contenders. Call me crazy, but I still believe the Eagles defend their division throne. Philadelphia features the most dangerous arsenal of playmaking weapons in the NFC with quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles' defensive line and cornerback corps are also stocked with Pro Bowl talent.
The guess here is that the win over Washington a couple of weekends ago will end up being the turning point of the Eagles' season. Philadelphia's schedule isn't necessarily soft the rest of the way, but the Giants are the only team currently with a winning record that the Eagles will have to play on the road.
The Eagles, a trendy preseason Super Bowl pick, are capable of closing with eight wins in the last 10 games if they just stop stabbing themselves in the chest with turnovers.
The 4-2 Giants sit atop the NFC East standings, but they also have the toughest schedule. New York has five winning teams in its final 10 games, including the Packers, Patriots and Saints, plus plays the Cowboys twice and Eagles once.
The Cowboys have the softest schedule. They're capable of making a run, especially if DeMarco Murray can be a long-term solution in the running game.
But my preseason prediction for the Cowboys was 8-8, and I'm sticking to it after watching them play .500 ball for six games.
Of course, I've been wrong about the Cowboys before. Heck, I thought they were Super Bowl contenders before last season.