Philadelphia Eagles: The NFC East race is heating up

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Though the season may already be over for the Giants, it looks like the Redskins and Cowboys may give the Philadelphia Eagles a run for the NFC East.

After taking care of business against a toothless New York Giants squad on Thursday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles got a much-needed weekend of rest and relaxation to sit back and prepare for a must-win Week 7 bout against the Carolina Panthers in their triumphant return to Lincoln Financial Field.

However, the NFC East’s two remaining teams certainly didn’t make things any easier for the Birds.

In a pair of tough home games against the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have finally put it all together and recorded their own signature wins.

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Don’t look now, but there are now three teams with three wins in the NFC East, with the Redskins currently holding the top spot following a Week 4 Bye.

While the Eagles have yet to truly recapture their 2017 postseason form, many around the league assumed that the NFC East was theirs for the taking, but after this weekend, that may not be a sure thing.

With Dak Prescott finally finding his footing following a string of lackluster starts, even if only one of his receivers, Cole Beasley, actually put together a solid game, it’s clear Dallas and their rapidly improving 4-3 defense could be a real problem in the back half of the season, especially if Ezekiel Elliott can retain his usual productivity.

And for the Redskins, well, they too may have finally found their new identity.

After finally moving on from frequently franchised quarterback Kirk Cousins, the other Gruden brother’s offense has finally found a way to optimize new starter Alex Smith while also getting the most out of the ageless wonder Adrian Peterson in their offensive backfield. Will they ever be able to put up 40 points in a back and forth shootout? Probably not, but after committing serious resources in the trenches, the team is built to win the time of possession game week-in and week-out, and slow down even the most potent offensive assault.

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Now granted, this was only one week, and the two teams could once again fall back to earth in route to a pair of sub-.500 records, but if Week 6 is of any indication, it looks like the NFC East may be much more formidable and competitive than we initially expected.