It's that time of week where BGN checks up on the Eagles' divisional neighbors: their NFC East rivals.
All four of the (L)East teams played on Sunday. Three of those teams lost... and the other one beat the Raiders.
Here's a quick glance at the standings.
NFC East Standings:
Good news: despite being stomped by the Denver Broncos, the Eagles are still in second! They're not as terrible as everyone else! Also, the Giants are still winless.
The NFC (L)East is a combined 4-12 versus other teams. They are a combined 2-10 against non-divisional opponents (Dallas win over STL, Redskins win over OAK).
Week 4 Breakdown:
Dallas is still at the top of this pitiful division despite a road loss to the San Diego Chargers, 21-30. Despite their .500 record, Dallas is 2-0 in the NFC and 1-0 in the NFCE. They also have a +19 point differential.
There will be plenty of blame to go around, but on this one the coaching staff may have to take the brunt of the criticism. The defense seemed completely unable to adjust to the Chargers dink and dunk game with any successful solutions. That's not to say there weren't any attempts, just none that worked. Phillip Rivers carved up the Dallas defense for over 400 yards and three scores. The Cowboys depleted defensive line couldn't take advantage of the Chargers missing three O-line starters.
Up next: A tough one. Cowboys take on the 4-0 Broncos at home. Dallas will have their hands full as they try to avoid slipping under .500 despite playing the best team in the NFL.
The Eagles are 1-3 but all the losses have been to AFC teams. They are still 1-0 in the NFC and the NFCE. But they really got slaughtered by the Broncos in Denver.
Hoping to beat the best team in the NFL by being conservative is a flawed strategy. I'm not sure why Kelly was so passive today after being known as an aggressive guy in college.
Ultimately, it didn't matter though. It was a blow out. There's a lot of blame to go around. Chip's lack of aggression didn't single handily cost the game. The defense was bad. The offense didn't put up enough points. Special teams gave up 14 points (KR for TD, blocked punt).
Up next: The Eagles travel to NY to take on the winless Giants. Certainly a winnable game but there are no free wins... unless you're the Broncos and you're playing the Eagles.
The Redskins move up to third in the standings! Woo! A win over the mighty Oakland Raiders brings the Redskins up to 1-3, but they are still 0-3 in the NFC and 0-1 in the NFCE. That's not good for Washington.
Robert Griffin is rounding into form. He still looked a bit rusty early on, but he hung in there, settled down, and led his team on time consuming drives to seal the deal in a hostile environment. Even without the threat of Morris late in the game, the Redskins didnt panic. In came Roy Helu, who provided Mike Shanahan with a go-to back, and became a reliable target out of the backfield for Robert Griffin III.
Up next: No game. Redskins have a bye and don't play until October 13th at the Cowboys.
NY have been outscored 69-7 in their past two games. No one has surrendered more points than them with 146 (although the Eagles are close at 138). NYG owns the honor of having the league's second worst point differential (-85). NY is 0-1 in the division and 0-2 vs the NFC.
The Giants trailed, 10-7, at halftime and were actually still in this game untilreturned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown to give Kansas City a 17-7 lead with 4:30 left in the third quarter.
The Giants turned the ball over three more times.had an interception and lost a fumble, and running back lost a fumble. Manning finished 18-of-37 for 217 yards with one touchdown and the one interception. carried 13 times for 55 yards.
Up next: Home game against the 1-3 Eagles. A loss would mean 0-5 and that could certainly be the end of the Giants' 2013 season, if it hasn't ended already.