Around the NFC East: Dallas earns right to lose home playoff game originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com The Eagles just weren't good enough. Sure, they were good enough to beat the injury-wrecked Washington squad and the suddenly-hot Giants. Alas, they weren't good enough this season to beat Dallas AND the refs combined, and as a result, the division will almost certainly have a new leader for the fourteenth consecutive year.

Dallas Cowboys: Running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to win his second rushing title in three seasons. Yeah, it would be cool," he told the Dallas Morning News. You've got to let things like that handle themselves and things will work out.'' Elliott is the NFL's rushing leader with 1,262 yards.

It is less than a month since Philadelphia and the Dallas Cowboys last played each other, but even in that relatively short period the Eagles have become a different team. After losing to Dallas 27-20 at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 11, the Eagles were hammered mercilessly by the New Orleans Saints. Since that 48-7 beatdown, though, the Eagles have turned around their season, and will now play the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday for first place in the NFC East.

NFC East Update: Cowboys move ahead but division anything from decided originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.comThe Cowboys won a decisive, important game against the Redskins last week. That put Dallas into a tie with Washington for first place.

A week ago, Washington seemingly had this division on lock. A week before that, Dallas was considered dead and buried. A week from now we could be talking about the Eli Manning Giants as the hottest team in the division.

Here's what happened, and what's happening, this week in the NFC East… and get your popcorn ready, ‘cause this one is going to be salty. 80-year-old Eli Manning led the Gmen on a game-winning touchdown drive (going 6-for-9 for 69 yards… double nice), giving the Giants their 5th win in 25 games.

??ICYMI: New York lost its fourth game in a row, falling to the Atlanta Falcons Monday Night 23-20 (and it wasn't that close). Eli Manning remembered he has the best down-field threat on the planet, utilizing Odell Beckham and throwing for 399 yards. Atlanta led 20-6 late in the fourth (insert Jim-Schwartz-choking joke here), and Pat Shurmur showed his Andy Reid roots by displaying some questionable clock-management.

It was a bounce-back weekend for the NFC East, as every team had a resounding victory over an opponent that previously looked awesome. ??ICYMI: The NFC's Cleveland Browns find themselves at 1-5 for the second consecutive year, Eli is toast, Alshon Jeffrey is better than Odell Beckham (who is being called out by Rooney-wannabe John Mara), and as Eagles reddit pointed out, Donovan McNabb is still dominating this rivalry. Spin: This spring, Giants brass pitched their fans they were only a dominant running game away from contention.

Looking for a way to feel better about the Birds slow start? That's what the NFC East is for! This past weekend the Giants went down in an amazingly-familiar fashion, the Cowboys head coach showed less guts than a daffodil, and Washington proved themselves

For practical purposes, the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive production through three weeks consists of one long Tavon Austin catch against the New York Giants last week. The Cowboys are not a fun football team to watch, and it’s probably not going to get much better. The Seahawks won 24-13 in a game that was never in doubt.

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