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NFL Standings: Eagles face a big opportunity in the NFC East

The Eagles are still first place in the NFC East following the first five weeks of the 2014 NFL season.

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Five weeks into the 2014 NFL season and the Philadelphia Eagles still remain in first place in the NFC East. (Technically they're tied with the Dallas Cowboys with the same record, but the Eagles own the tiebreaker with a 1-0 division record while Dallas is 0-0.)

It hasn't always been pretty, but the Birds are 4-1.

Let's take a look at the updated standings.

NFC East Standings

Rank Team Record
1 Philadelphia Eagles 4-1
2 Dallas Cowboys 4-1
3 New York Giants 3-2
4 Washington Redskins 1-4

2014 NFL Week 5 Breakdown

1) Eagles

Philadelphia looked like they were going to blow out the Rams at home before allowing St. Louis to creep back into the game. The Eagles would ultimately hold on for the win but there are legitimate concerns with this Eagles team. The offense just doesn't look right. Quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy are struggling. The team's offensive line issues aren't making matters any better. It's going to be difficult for the Eagles to keep relying on special teams and defensive touchdowns. At some point here the offense, which is supposed to be the strength of this team, has to step up.

Up next: The Eagles have a big opportunity at home against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia this week. A win for the Eagles would put them at 5-1 (3-1 in the NFC, 2-0 in the NFC East) and give them sole possession of first place in the division heading into their Week 7 bye.

2) Cowboys

How 'bout them Cowboys. Dallas beat the Texans in overtime and is off to a four-game winning streak after losing their season opener. The 'boys are 4-1 for the first time since 2008, which is the year they went 9-7 and lost 44-6 to the Eagles in the regular season finale.

The Dallas offense looks good. DeMarco Murray is running the ball really well behind a strong offensive line. The Cowboys' success in the run game is helping to hide their less than stellar defense by keeping it off the field.

It's really too bad the Cowboys don't have a home field advantage.

Up next: On the road in Seattle. It goes without saying that the Seahawks will be a tough test for Dallas.

3) Giants

The New York Football Giants have rebounded from a poor 0-2 start. New York is on a three-game winning streak after beating the Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands on Sunday. The G-Men are averaging 35 points scored in their past three games and have only allowed an average of 17 points per game.

Up next: The Giants travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. If the Cowboys lose to the Seahawks in the late afternoon, the Giants will have the chance to take first place in the NFC East with a win over Philly. If New York stumbles, however, they will fall back to .500 at 3-3 overall and drop to 1-1 in the division, 2-3 in the NFC.

4) Redskins

Give DC some credit: they played the Seattle Seahawks tough. Moral victories won't go very far for a Washington team that's now 1-4, however. Washington is 0-2 in the division and 0-3 in NFC games.

Washington football team motto 2014: At Least We Still Have Our First Round Pick This Year

Up next: Away at Arizona on short rest. Carson Palmer might be back at quarterback for the Cardinals. Washington is staring 1-5 right in the face.

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