If the NFC East could not get any crazier, there are now three teams tied for 1st place at a 5-7 record. This is the only division in the NFL where every team has a losing record. If any of these teams were in different divisions, they would be in last place. The funny thing is, all the teams still have a chance to make the playoffs, but none of them are taking the reins. Each week there is a different team at the top of the division, because none of them can put together a string of wins. It will be interesting to see which team will when this division. Here are the possibilities for each team:

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Chances to win NFC East, per ESPN’s Football Power Index PHI 49.7% WSH 21.0% NYG 20.8% DAL 8.5%

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Washington Redskins

Like all the teams in this division, the Redskins have had their share of struggles this season. With Kirk Cousins taking over at quarterback, it was uncertain how successful this team was going to be. As we can see, the season has not been a complete failure, but has not been a total success either. The Redskins are at the middle or bottom in every statistical category struggling the most on offense. There highest scoring game was against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10 when they scored 47 points. With four games left in the season, two against division teams, the Redskins need to win at least two games to have a chance at the NFC East Title. Despite there only being a 21.0% possibility to win the division the Redskins still believe they have chance. On Monday Cousins stated, “I think we’re in a position to compete for the division. We made it harder on ourselves tonight by not winning.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are in the third year of the Chip Kelly experiment, first with him as General Manager (GM), and it has not been good. At 5-7, this is the worst year since 2012 when the team went 4-12 under Andy Reid. This team is truly missing their top offensive weapons from last year: LeSean McCoyDeSean Jackson, and Nick Foles. They have a mediocre offense and one of the worst defenses in the league. Nevertheless, the Eagles still have a 49.7% chance to make the playoffs with four games remaining and three out of the four being home games. Coming off a big win against the New England Patriots, maybe the Eagles can build momentum and ride into the Playoffs. Despite having a season of difficulties, Chip Kelly is still proud of his team saying, “I’m just really proud of my players. I can’t say enough about them.”

New York Giants

The Giants are third in the three-way tie for first place, but have been struggling lately on a three game losing streak. To make things worse, the team has a losing division record with only one division game remaining against the Eagles. This is the third straight year the team has had a losing record. If this season ends in disaster, it would be surprising if Tom Coughlin returns as the head coach. The Giants only have a 20.8% chance to win the division, but has proven in past years that they can go on a late season run. Coughlin said the Giants are going to “Keep working, keep grinding, keep planning, keep deciding, and keep making decisions based on what we have. Be aggressive.”

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have the least chance to win the NFC East at 8.5%. They are fourth in division, but technically second behind a three-way tie for first. Their season has been riddled with injuries to Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Orlando Scandrick, and Lance Dunbar. With Tony Romo out for a long period, the team has not been able to keep up with other teams. The Cowboys went on a seven game losing streak, which really killed their playoff hopes. The Cowboys have a tough remaining schedule against the Packers, Jets, Bills, and Redskins. The only way they can make the playoffs is by winning all of their remaining games. Even though it sounds impossible, the Cowboys are still hopeful. Sean Lee said, “We’re lucky to be in the position we’re in. But we have to win a lot of these games to make a run if we want to get into the playoffs.”

The division is completely up for grabs and no one can truly predict who will win.

 

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