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Why is the NFC East so bad?

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The NFC East used to be one of the best divisions in football, but looking at it this season it just might be the worst.  The current division leaders, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys sit at a mere 5-5.  And judging by how things are going this season, a .500 record just might be enough to win the division.

There is no dominant team in the NFC East, and each team is capable of beating the other at home or on the road.  Part of the problem is that three of the teams the Redskins, Eagles, and Cowboys rank near the bottom of the league in defense.  And the New York Giants surprisingly rank near the bottom in offense.

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Also, quarterback play in the division has been off for some teams from last season.  Particularly with the Giants Eli Manning, who may be having the worst season of his career.  Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, struggled early in the season and is only now getting back to his 2012 form.  Only the Cowboys Tony Romo is exceeding his performance from last season.

Another thing that may be affecting the Redskins and the Cowboys are the cap penalties that were assessed by the NFL for overspending in the un-capped season of 2010.  And having a rookie head coach in Chip Kelly has caused some growing pains in Philadelphia, where with the Giants it seems they may have  let their team get old too fast.

So it’s very conceivable that the winner of the NFC East could go 8-8, but 9-7 could definitely win it.  The question is which team can break away from the pack?  The Eagles are surging right now, and the Giants are on a three game win streak.  However, the Giants may have dug too deep a whole.  At this point the division is still wide open.

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