Two weeks into the 2014 NFL season and the Philadelphia Eagles still remain in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. I'm sure Eagles fans don't mind the sound of that.
Philadelphia being in first place is not exactly unexpected given the low expectations for the rest of the division heading into this season. With that said, two teams got on the board this past week with their first wins of the season.
Let's take a look at the updated standings.
NFC East Standings
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2014 NFL Week 2 Breakdown
It hasn't been a smooth ride to 2-0 for Philadelphia. The team needed two come-from-behind wins to get where they are now. That isn't to say the Eagles haven't been impressive. They currently lead the NFL in both yards gained and points scored. Philadelphia won't be able to sustain wins if they keep getting off to such slow starts. Despite the cliché, the team needs to find a way to play a complete game and maintain consistency.
The Eagles have two wins but neither have come against an NFC opponent. Beating Washington would be big because it would cement their position at the top of the NFC East with a division win and a 3-0 record.
Up next: Home vs. Washington (1-1). Former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expecting to play against his former team.
The Washington football team put a real hurt on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, 41-10. Washington sacked Chad Henne a total of 10 times for a total loss of 70 yards. That's pretty impressive. Washington obviously didn't seem to be affected by the in-game losses of Robert Griffin III, who is expected to miss several weeks, and DeSean Jackson. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins came in for Griffin and lit up the Jaguars defense: 22/33 for 250 yards, 7.6 average, 2 TD, 0 INT, 109.4 rating.
Up next: Away at Philadelphia (2-0). The Eagles have come from behind to win two straight games.
The Dallas defense hasn't looked as bad as many would have expected it to be at this point, but then again it's still early. The Cowboys defeated the Tennessee Titans on the road with ease due to big offensive performances from a number of skill players.
What has to be concerning for Dallas, however, is the play of starting quarterback Tony Romo. Romo's stat line through two games: 42/66 (63.6%), 457 yards, 6.9 average, 2 TD, 3 INT, 75.1 passer rating.
Up next: Away vs. St. Louis Rams (1-1). The Rams will have home field advantage but they are missing some key players due to injury. Former undrafted rookie free agent Austin Davis is starting at quarterback.
Losing at home to a Cardinals team led by Drew Stanton, who isn't very good, is a real tough loss to take. Eli Manning now has four interceptions in just two games, though one came in garbage time against Arizona.
I've said a number of times that this New York team has the feel of the 2012 Eagles; a lame duck year. Both of New York's losses have come against NFC teams. That hurts the G-Men when it comes to playoff tiebreakers. Not that it looks favorable that they'll challenge for the playoffs right now anyway.
Up next: Home vs. Texans (2-0). Houston currently owns the best point differential in the NFL at +27. The Giants own the second worst at -32.