After Week 11 of the 2014 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are still in first place of the NFC East.
It wasn't a good week for the NFC East, except for the Dallas Cowboys, who enjoyed their bye. The Eagles, Giants, and Redskins all suffered losses.
Let's take a look at the updated standings.
NFC East Standings
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2014 NFL Week 11 Breakdown
The Eagles were absolutely annihilated in Green Bay. There weren't many, if any, silver-linings to take away from their 33-point defeat. Instead, the lasting impression was that there are still many concerns with this team. The pass rush is streaky. The secondary is unreliable. The offense is still turning the ball over too much. And so on.
With that said, Philadelphia is still in first and they remain very much alive in the playoff picture. The Eagles' 2-0 division record is currently what gives them the edge over Dallas. The Cowboys are only 1-1 in NFC East games.
The Eagles have a good chance to rebound this week with a win over the Tennessee Titans. If they can take care of business against a lowly Titans team, they'll be 8-3 heading into their Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys. The Eagles will have to deal with traveling on short rest on their trip to Dallas.
Up next: Home versus Tennessee Titans (2-8).
The Cowboys' bye week was a perfect result for them. They got to sit at home and watch all of their rivals lose. The time off also gave much-needed rest to quarterback Tony Romo.
Dallas returns from the bye with a good chance to regain control in the division. They face a struggling Giants team this week before going on to play the Eagles in Week 13 on Thanksgiving and then again in Philadelphia on December 14.
The Cowboys will be dealing with even shorter rest than the Eagles heading into Week 13 because the Eagles play at 1:00 PM on Sunday and Dallas plays in
New York New Jersey on Sunday Night Football with an 8:30 PM start time.
Up next: Away at New York Giants (3-7). Even if Dallas wins, the Eagles will still be in first place if they beat the Titans.
The Giants were already toast but they're even more toast with a Week 11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Eli Manning threw a whopping five interceptions and there were manning Manningface moments to be found. Watch all of them here.
The Eagles will hope Manning doesn't have that kind of showing against Dallas this week. The Giants could do Philly a big favor by upsetting the Cowboys. If the G-men win, Dallas would drop to 7-4 with a 1-2 division record and a 4-4 record in NFC games.
It will be hard for the Eagles to count on New York given how bad they've played lately. If the Cowboys can lose at home to Colt McCoy and Washington, however, it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility that Dallas could drop a game on the road. The Giants have lost five games in a row, so they're due for a victory, right?
Up next: Home versus Dallas Cowboys (7-3).
Washington is a dumpster fire. Somehow they managed to lose to an awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers team... at home. This team is just a mess. Robert Griffin III is facing a lot of heat after his post-game comments. DeSean Jackson is taking shots at his teammates on Instagram. But I guess nothing's new in the Washington football world.
Here's a though for the futuret: how about RG3 as a Chip Kelly's next reclamation project? Griffin won't be a free agent until 2016, but just something to think about. There are definitely concerns, but you can't argue he's been set up to succeed in such a terrible spot like Washington. Plus he's still YOUNG and DEVELOPING and JUST A KID, right? Hey, it's only as crazy as the Eagles doing something like signing... Mark Sanchez.
Up next: Away at San Francisco 49ers (6-4). A Washington upset be ideal for the Eagles since the 49ers holder a tiebreaker over Philadelphia. If not, however, a San Francisco win joined with a Dallas loss means the Cowboys would be temporarily out of the playoff picture. That situation would knock the Cowboys down to either seventh or eighth place in the NFC.