For the first time during the 2014 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) are not in first place of the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys, now 6-1, took the division lead on Sunday with a win over the New York Giants, 31-21.
Dallas is playing great football at the moment. The Cowboys have won six straight games in a row after opening the season with a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The success Dallas is having is rooted in their strong rushing attack. NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray is nearly unstoppable behind the Cowboys' strong offensive line. The threat of Murray has really opened things up for quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant.
A Dallas loss would have been ideal for the Eagles but New York couldn't get it done. The G-men gave the Cowboys a decent fight but it just wasn't enough. New York now drops to 3-4 on the season with a 1-2 NFC East record and a 2-4 record in conference play.
The Eagles will have the chance to fight back to first place in the NFC East as they return to action in Week 8. Philadelphia is set to travel out west to face the Cardinals (5-1) in Arizona.