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State of the NFC East: Week 9

Week 9 of the NFL season was a somewhat quiet one in Philadelphia as the Eagles were on a bye. Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Giants and the Washington Football team played a divisional game while the Cowboys took on one of the best teams in football. When the dust settled, it turned out to be a pretty solid day off for the Eagles. Let's see where things stand heading into Week 10.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1)

As we said, the Eagles were on a bye in Week 9 and things went pretty well considering they didn't even take the field. They got beneficial results from the other games played in the division and it appears as though the time off has allowed some key Eagles to get healthy and ready to return in Week 10. That's about all you can ask for from a bye week.

Next: at Giants

Washington Football Team (2-6)

Washington had a golden opportunity to pick up some ground on the Eagles as it hosted the lowly Giants. Things didn't quite work out. Washington quickly found itself down 10-0 and 20-3 at the half, and that hole proved too much to overcome despite a stronger second-half effort. The team also suffered another quarterback injury, this time to Kyle Allen. It all added up to a missed opportunity, one that benefits the Eagles.

Next: at Lions

Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

Nobody gave the Cowboys much of a chance against the undefeated Steelers, but Dallas had other ideas. The Cowboys jumped out to a 13-0 lead and carried a 13-9 advantage into halftime. They pushed that lead to 19-9 in the third quarter before getting outscored 15-0 in the fourth quarter to fall 24-19. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Cowboys got into a position where they could have been reasonably expected to win the game. Like Washington, they missed a golden opportunity to pull even with the Eagles in the win column and to up the pressure on the division-leading Birds. Instead, the Eagles retained a bit of a cushion.

Next: BYE (Vikings 11/22)

New York Giants (2-7)

The Giants keep floating between being written off after another loss and remaining in the mix in a terrible division that hasn't been able to render a 2-7 team completely moot. After Week 9, they find themselves on the latter end of the spectrum. They went to Washington, built a big lead, and did just enough to hang on for the win. As a result, they remain just a game back in the win column and maintain the importance of their remaining two division games. After an 0-5 start, the Giants are 2-2 in their last four games and those two losses have come by a combined three points.

Next: Eagles

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