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State of the NFC East: Week 7

The good news for the NFC East in Week 7 was that the division managed to get two wins. The bad news is that they both came at the expense of the other two teams in the division, which seems to be about the only way the division can get wins at this point. Of the NFC East's seven wins so far in 2020, five of them have come against division opponents.


For our purposes here at Eagles Frenzy, there was another bit of good news. The Week 7 results played out in a favorable way, with the Eagles sneaking past the Giants and the Washington Football Team taking care of the Cowboys. Those results allowed the Eagles to regain control of first place in the division. Let's see how things stand as we approach the halfway point of the season.





Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)


Things didn't look good for the Eagles in their Thursday night tilt against the Giants, but the team was able to make some clutch plays and escape with a comeback victory. For the pessimists among us, there was plenty to be concerned about with the Eagles' performance. We're going to take the optimistic outlook here, however, as we could all use some positivity right now.


Anytime your quarterback leads a fourth-quarter comeback, it's a positive. The fact that Carson Wentz made some really good throws late in the game, including an absolute dime on the game-winning touchdown, only adds to the positivity. The defense forced some turnovers and the whole team continues to show great heart despite some really poor stretches of football and that ugly record. They may have plenty of issues, but quitting isn't one of them, and they deserve credit for that.


As we mentioned, the win put the Eagles back in first place and put them in position to handle their business during a key four-game stretch that will play a huge role in how interesting the end of the season is. Despite the fact that the season has not been pretty, the Eagles are in first place and we will certainly take it.


Next: Cowboys


Washington Football Team (2-5)


Washington dismantled the Cowboys 25-3, claiming second place in the process and becoming the first NFC East team to two division wins.


The game was every bit the blowout the score suggests it was. Washington outgained Dallas 397-142, including 208 yards on the ground for Washington. Kyle Allen tossed two touchdowns and no interceptions while Antonio Gibson rushed for 128 yards and a score. It was by far Washington's most complete performance of the season, and now the team is right in the mix in the struggling NFC East.


Next: BYE (Giants on 11/8)


Dallas Cowboys (2-5)


We touched a bit on how things went for the Cowboys in Week 7 in the previous section, but let's add a few more interesting notes. Dallas managed just a single trip to the red zone and failed to convert. The Cowboys averaged just 2.6 yards per play. Andy Dalton was wildly ineffective, going 9-of-19 for 75 yards and an interception before being knocked out of the game by a cheap shot. While Dallas had only the one turnover on Dalton's interception, they put the ball on the ground three times with fumbles but were fortunate to recover all three. The Cowboys averaged 3.2 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott managed just 45 yards. All of that is to say that Dallas got thoroughly dominated.


The Cowboys own the second-worst point differential in the league at -67, trailing only the lowly New York Jets, who are the only winless team in the NFL.


Next: at Eagles





New York Giants (1-6)


The Giants almost pulled the upset on the Eagles in Week 7. They took an 11-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and it looked as though they were on their way to a big win that would keep them relevant in the struggling NFC East. Instead, they surrendered two Eagles touchdowns over the final six minutes to suffer a devastating one-point loss. As ridiculous as it is to say, the 1-6 Giants still can't be written off in the NFC East, but Week 7's loss was a big missed opportunity.


Next: Bucs