Three 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 earned their first place status this week with a hard-fought win over the Washington Redskins. The other two NFC East teams in action, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, also earned a win.
Let's take a look at the updated standings.
NFC East Standings
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2014 NFL Week 3 Breakdown
Philadelphia is the first team in NFL history to start a season 3-0 after being down 10-plus points in all three games. The Eagles haven't been able to get off to the fastest starts but they are dangerous in the second half. As I said before, Philaelphia really earned their first spot status this week with a tough win over Washington. Nick Foles fought through pain and had a great game. Wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews really stepped up. The Eagles defense and running game need to improve moving forward.
The Eagles' win over Washington gives them a 1-0 division and conference record.
Up next: Away at San Francisco (1-2). The 49ers will be desperate to avoid a 1-3 start.
The Cowboys are 2-1 after needing the biggest comeback in team history to beat the St. Louis Rams on the road.
The latest drama in Dallas features cornerback Morris Claiborne, who was recently benched. The Cowboys traded their first (No. 14) and second round picks (No. 45) in the 2012 NFL Draft to move up to pick No. 6 to draft Claiborne. At the time, it was a much-heralded move. In a recent interview, however, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had this to say:
"Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No. But he’s going to be a good player."
Dallas is now 1-1 in the conference but still 0-0 in the division.
Up next: Home vs. New Orleans (1-2). New Orleans hasn't really looked too great so far this year. Especially on the road.
The G-Men finally got on the board with a win over the Houston Texans at home. The offense finally got clicking due to a big rushing performance from Rashad Jennings. Victor Cruz also had a big day through the air.
The bad news for New York is that they are still 0-2 in conference play and 0-0 in the division.
Up next: Away at Washington. I don't think New York will win on the road.
Kirk Cousins played well against Philadelphia's struggling secondary. Washington gave Philly a run for their money but ultimately came up short.
Washington now owns a division and conference record of 0-1. That's why they're listed last despite being tied with the same record as the Giants.
Up next: Home vs. New York (1-2). The Giants got their first win of the season on Sunday.