It was business as usual this week for teams in the NFC East. Even with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on a bye, divisional teams posted a perfect 3-0 record.
Here’s the updated standings with Week 7 nearly in the books:
- Philadelphia Eagles: 6-0
- New York Giants: 6-1
- Dallas Cowboys: 5-2
- Washington Commanders: 3-4
If the season ended today, the NFC East would send three teams to the postseason. The Eagles would be the first seed, the Giants take the fifth seed and the Cowboys are sixth.
But there’s still 10 weeks remaining. So let’s look at the smaller picture and review each NFC East team’s performances in Week 7:
Cowboys welcome Dak back with a win
Dak Prescott had some rust to shake in his return against the Detroit Lions. But Dallas’ defense dominated and kept the Cowboys in the game. At halftime, Big D trailed 6-3.
The script flipped in the second half. The Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points en route to a 24-6 victory.
Dallas’ defense forced five turnovers in the win. Two interceptions and two fumbles from Lions QB Jared Goff, and a fumble from RB Jamaal Williams. Detroit’s offense averaged 28 points per game coming into Week 7, but without RB D’Andre Swift and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, points were hard to come by. St. Brown did play but left early in the game with a concussion.
Prescott performed well in his return, completing 76% of his passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Dak did have a few risky passes that should’ve resulted in interceptions but were dropped by Lions defenders.
After the game, Prescott said he was feeling confident and tried fitting passes into some windows that weren’t quite there.
The Cowboys ran for a combined 139 yards and two touchdowns. Tony Pollard led the way with 83 yards followed by Ezekiel Elliott with 57 yards.
Dallas will face the Chicago Bears (2-4) in Week 8.
Giants extend winning streak to four game
The Giants were 3-point underdogs on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But New York proved the oddsmakers wrong with a 23-17 win.
The Jaguars offense was driving at the end of the game, but came up just short on this pass from QB Trevor Lawrence:
It was a back-and-forth game that featured five lead changes. New York’s defense came up big in the second half, allowing just six points.
Offensively, the Giants rushing attack carried the torch. QB Daniel Jones ran for 107 yards and a score, and RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 110 yards.
The G-Men hit the road for a Week 8 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks (4-3).
Commanders shock the Packers
Washington got its second-consecutive victory on Sunday, narrowly beating the Green Bay Packers by a score of 23-21.
The Commanders’ defense limited reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers to just 194 yards. For some reason, Green Bay only ran the ball 12 times despite having one of the NFL’s best RB duos in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.
With QB Taylor Heinicke making his first start in relief of the injured Carson Wentz, Washington took the opposite approach. The Commanders rushed 38 times for 166 yards. Brian Robinson ran for 73 yards and Antonio Gibson gained 59 yards.
The Commanders face the Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium next week.