After Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are still in first place of the NFC East.
If there was any doubt before, there shouldn't be anymore. The division is clearly a two team race. Philadelphia and Dallas are pacing the division while New York and Washington are stuck in the basement.
Let's take a look at the updated standings.
NFC East Standings
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2014 NFL Week 10 Breakdown
Philadelphia maintained their first place lead with a blowout victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. While the Eagles rushing attack struggled, backup quarterback Mark Sanchez proved himself more than capable of moving Philadelphia's offense down the field. The Eagles pass rush was dominant and racked up nine sacks on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. The platoon of Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho in place of inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans looked very serviceable. Veteran offensive weapon Darren Sproles was dangerous as ever.
The Eagles are a very good football team right now. They are clearly the best team in the division. By Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, the Eagles were the best team in football from Week 6-10. FO's metrics currently give Philadelphia the second best chance of winning the Super Bowl at 11.4%. Only the Denver Broncos have higher odds.
Note that the Eagles hold some slight advantages over the Cowboys when it comes to the NFL playoff picture. Philadelphia is 2-0 in the NFC East while Dallas is 1-1. The Eagles are also 4-2 in conference games while the Cowboys are 4-3. These advantages could change quickly when these two teams face off twice in the upcoming weeks.
Up next: Away at Green Bay Packers (6-3). This should be a very tough game for Philadelphia. This game will reveal a lot about the legitimacy of this Eagles team.
Dallas kept pace in the division with a win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in London at Wembeley. The Jaguars looked pretty terrible so it wasn't as if the Cowboys even needed to do much to win.
While playing an injured Tony Romo was a risky move, it didn't end up mattering for Dallas. The Jaguars didn't manage to generate much pressure and the Cowboys made sure to get the ball out of Romo's hands fast. It will be interesting to see how Romo handles pressure moving forward.
Up next: Bye week. Much needed rest for Romo.
The Giants were playing Seattle close for a bit there until the Seahawks' running game ran all over New York's terrible defense. The game was not without many Manningface moments, either.
New York's loss to the Seahawks was essentially a nail in the coffin (nail in the Coughlin?) as far as their 2014 season is concerned. The G-men are now 2-5 in NFC games and 1-2 in the division.
Up next: Home versus the 49ers (5-4). It doesn't get easier for New York.
DeSean Jackson appeared on the FOX pre-game show and said that Chip Kelly and Jay Gruden "aren't comparable" as head coaches. Yeah, no kidding.
Washington is still 1-2 in the NFC East and 1-5 in conference play.
Up next: Home versus Tampa Bay (1-8). The Bucs are terrible so Washington will probably take this one. With the playoffs virtually out of reach, however, a Washington victory merely makes the team's draft positioning worse.