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Eagles fall out of first place in the NFC East

For now, at least. But possibly for good.

NFL: DEC 01 Eagles at Dolphins Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

One thing that Philadelphia Eagles fans can be thankful for this Thanksgiving? The Dallas Cowboys getting embarrassed in front of national audience.

The Cowboys are now 3-8 after losing to the Washington Football Team on Thursday evening, 41 to 16.

The downside to Washington’s win — assuming you still want the Eagles to actually make the playoffs — is that it knocks Philly out of first place in the NFC East. Let’s take a look at the updated standings:

1) Washington Football Team: 4-7
2) Philadelphia Eagles: 3-6-1
3) New York Giants: 3-7
4) Dallas Cowboys: 3-8

Washington’s lead might not last very long. The Giants are six-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals, who will be starting Brandon Allen at quarterback, on Sunday. With a win, the G-Men will move atop the division since they have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Football Team.

The Eagles can then regain their first place positioning by beating the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football! But it’s pretty hard to believe that’s gonna happen.

Here’s what I expect the division standings to look like after Week 12:

1) New York Giants: 4-7
2) Washington Football Team: 4-7
3) Philadelphia Eagles: 3-7-1
4) Dallas Cowboys: 3-8

With the Eagles looking as bad as they are, it’s quite possible they’ll never lead the NFC East again this season. A look at the remaining schedules from Week 13 on:

Remaining NFC East Schedules

Week Eagles Cowboys Giants Football Team
Week Eagles Cowboys Giants Football Team
Week 13 at Packers (7-3) at Ravens (6-4) at Seahawks (7-3) at Steelers (10-0)
Week 14 vs. Saints (8-2) at Bengals (2-7-1) vs. Cardinals (6-4) vs. 49ers (4-6)
Week 15 at Cardinals (6-4) vs. 49ers (4-6) vs. Browns (7-3) at Seahawks (7-3)
Week 16 at Cowboys (3-8) vs. Eagles (3-6-1) at Ravens (6-4) vs. Panthers (4-7)
Week 17 vs. Football Team (4-7) at Giants (3-7) vs. Cowboys (3-8) at Eagles (3-6-1)

We’ll see how the Giants fare moving forward but I could see Washington beating San Francisco and Carolina to set up a potential NFC East clinching scenario at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 17. A win for the Football Team in that game could also move the Eagles down to a last place finish, which would likely prompt Jeffrey Lurie to make some serious changes this offseason.

Poll

Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • 60%
    Football Team
    (1029 votes)
  • 23%
    Giants
    (402 votes)
  • 2%
    Cowboys
    (36 votes)
  • 13%
    Eagles
    (238 votes)
1705 votes total Vote Now

On the bright side ... look who’s now eighth (as opposed to 19th) in the 2021 NFL Draft order! Via Tankathon: