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The Path to the Playoffs in the NFC East

Dallas Cowboys v Philadelpia Eagles

After their 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles have the outright lead in the NFC East for the first time since Week 4 of the 2012 season (yeah, believe it or not, they actually were 3-1 and in sole possession of 1st in the division before closing the season 1-11).

No team ever wants to get too far ahead of itself in a sport where each game carries a tremendous amount of weight in the standings, but that’s why sports analysts exist in the world. It’s guys (and gals) like us that get to look ahead, especially as we’re getting down to crunch time in 2013. That being said, here’s what the road to the NFC East crown looks like for the three teams contending for what will likely be the 4th seed in the NFC playoffs.

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles remaining scheduleCurrent record: 6-5, 1st in the NFC East

Combined schedule of remaining opponents: 25-24 (.510)

Division record: 3-2

A conservative prediction would give the Birds a 2-2 record heading into that Week 17 showdown in the Big D. Even if they manage to go 3-1 (I think that’s the more likely scenario), the division is probably going to come down to that final week. Looking back at the previous matchup between the Birds and Cowgirls is pointless if you ask me—Philly’s defense is playing at another level, Nick Foles is playing at another level, things are clicking for this team. They control their own fate, and, at this point, the division looks like it’s theirs to lose. They shouldn’t feel any pressure though, because they’re the one team that no one gave any chance coming into this season. They’re playing with house money, under the tutelage of a first-year NFL head coach, and still getting used to a brand new way of doing things. If these are the kinds of results that we’re seeing after less than a year, that should mean there’s plenty to look forward to over the next few years.

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys remaining scheduleCurrent record: 5-5, 2nd in the NFC East (1/2 game back)

Combined schedule of remaining opponents: 29-31 (.475)

Division record: 3-0

The Cowboys have taken care of their divisional games which has essentially kept them in the race for the NFC East this year. They were the odds on favorite heading into 2013, but things haven’t panned out so well for America’s team (a common occurrence these days). They have the easiest schedule down the stretch, and, barring an epic collapse that would leave even Jerry Jones speechless, the division should come down to that final game against the Eagles.

New York Giants

Giants remaining scheduleCurrent record: 4-6, 3rd in the NFC East (2 1/2 games back)

Combined schedule of remaining opponents: 30-29 (.508)

Division record: 1-2

I’d say the Giants have done a hell of a job clawing their way back into the NFC East hunt, but here’s a quick look at exactly they’ve gone up against during their oh so impressive four-game winning streak: the Minnesota Vikings and the Josh Freeman project; an Eagles team with a mess at the QB position (Matt Barkley played 3.5 quarters in that one); the Oakland Raiders and a not-so-impressive Terrell Pryor who was playing with an injured hammy; and Scott Tolzien. So, yeah. Not too much to be proud of there, but here they are, in a position to make some kind of run back into the thick of things. Their schedule down the stretch, though—despite not being “as tough” as the Eagles’—isn’t exactly a cakewalk. They get Dallas, a scrappy Washington team that will be playing for pride (twice), trips to San Diego and Detroit, and a meeting with the Seahawks, a favorite to represent the conference in February.

Washington Redskins

Umm.. See you next year.

Bold Prediction: Eagles win out and get the 3rd seed in the NFC East (so long as they learn to keep their damn foot on the pedal… no more of these 24-0 leads being coughed up in the 4th quarter).

A Warning for Dez Bryant Fantasy Owners

And, conversely, a little bit of a slap in the face for me, the Terrance Williams owner, who took him out of the starting lineup last night in order to start Greg Jenning, who could’ve had a great night against a pitiful Redskins’ secondary, but decided to only put up a single goddamn point. No, I’m not bitter…

You’re boy might have some serious back issues. The weight of the entire Dallas Cowboys franchise is clearly doing a number on Bryant, who was limited in practice on Thursday. Coaches fear that he could have a herniated or bulging disk.

More from CBS Sports:

Dez Bryant practiced on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s practice with a back injury. And while the Cowboys wide receiver vows to play Sunday night against the Saints, the fear is that Bryant is suffering from a bulging or herniated disk, according to FoxSportsSouthwest.com.

“It’s bothering him a little bit off and on,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We don’t think it’s a significant deal.”

“C’mon, you know I’m going to play,” Bryant added.

But sources close to the team tell FoxSportsSouth.com that it is “a significant deal,” and the treatment for a bulging or herniated disk are traction, electrical stimulation and rest.

Bryant, who is having a Pro Bowl season through nine games, is no stranger to back problems. He dealt with the issue last season and has experienced tightness at times this year. But if this is something more than spasms or tightness and Bryant is forced to miss time, it would be bad news for a Cowboys team that holds a one-game lead over the Eagles in the NFC East.

The Birds, who travel to Green Bay to take on an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team, could very well be tied with Dallas atop the division after Sunday. Gotta love the NFC (L)East.

This GIF of a Meltdown on the Cowboys Sideline Will Make Your Day Better

The Eagles continued to suck today, getting shut out on offense for the second game in a row. But! The Dallas Cowboys’ defense completely collapsed with less than a minute left against the Detroit Lions this afternoon, giving up 329 (three hundred and twenty nine, 3-2-9—no matter how you dice it up, it’s ridiculous) receiving yards to Calvin Johnson, and allowing the Lions to drive 80 yards in 6 play in a whopping 50 seconds.

The last-minute debacle, capped by a Matthew Stafford fake-spike-quarterback-sneak-for-the-game-winning-touchdown-dive, led to this incredible meltdown on the sidelines.

bryant witten wareThe Eagles are just one game out of first, people! No matter how bad it looks (or what terrible things I say on social media), we’ve gotta keep the faith!

(GIF via @BuzzFeedSports)

Week 1 Preview: Part 1

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Picking up right where we left off at the end of last season, the weekly prediction machine is gearing up for another impressive run. If you rack your brains for just a moment, you’ll remember that mid-season I changed things up with how this weekly post was put together. I was in a terrible slump picking three key matchups, writing in-depth previews, and then only giving scores for the remaining games. After switching to brief previews for each game and a final score, I picked correctly at an astounding rate. Weeks of going 14-2, 13-3, and 15-1 became the norm.

So I think we’ll stick with that until I decide it’s no longer working.

This week is a little strange, though, with the Kick-Off Game coming on a Wednesday–thanks to Roger Goodell doing the incumbent president a favor by moving the game, normally played on a Thursday, back a day…

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