NFC East Update: Even after ugly loss, are Redskins the best of a bad division?

NFC Beast? Might be NFC Least. 

The Redskins suffered their worst loss of the season in Week 5, and maybe one of the ugliest losses this season in the NFL. Still, Washington remained in first place of the NFC East. 

After five weeks, no team in the division has a winning record, and all four franchises lost last week. 

It’s been ugly, but it’s also early. How do the NFC East teams stack up?

Washington Redskins (2-2) - The Redskins have two really strong wins, but nobody remembers that right now. Washington went to New Orleans and got shellacked, losing 43-19 while watching Drew Brees break the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record in the process. Despite the ugly aesthetic in the Redskins loss, expecting a win in the Superdome, on Monday night, with a Brees tribute before halftime, never sounded too realistic. The Redskins probably aren’t as bad as they looked in New Orleans, but they’re also wildly inconsistent. Up next: Oct. 14th vs Carolina

Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) - What’s going on with the defending Super Bowl champs? It’s hard to say right now but the offense doesn’t look explosive like last season. Carson Wentz has been back for a few weeks, but the Eagles haven’t won in his two starts, including last week at home to the Vikings. Philly is averaging only 20.6 points-per-game, which ranks in the bottom third of the league. The Eagles run struggles are significant, and RB Jay Ajayi just landed on the injured reserve. There is some speculation that the Eagles could make a trade for help running the football. GM Howie Roseman is one of the most aggressive personnel men in the league, and the clock is ticking. The NFL Trade Deadline comes in Week 8. Up next: Oct. 11 vs New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – If the Eagles offense has question marks, the Cowboys offense is downright bad. Dallas is averaging less than 17 points-per-game, near the bottom of the league, and mustered only 16 points in an overtime loss to the Texans on Sunday night. Ezekiel Elliott has been able to run the ball, but the Cowboys passing game is awful. At home in AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys can win. On the road, however, Jason Garrett’s team is 0-3. Up next: Oct. 14th vs Jacksonville

New York Giants (1-4) – It took an NFL record 63-yard field goal to beat the Giants last Sunday in Charlotte. New York staged an impressive comeback effort against the Panthers, but it fell short, and now the Gotham tabloids are picking up steam surrounding the odd Eli Manning/Odell Beckham/Lil Wayne dynamic. Lil Wayne? Yes, Lil Wayne has gotten involved in the relationship between the Giants star WR and their QB. If the Giants lose Thursday night to the Eagles, it’s hard to see this team digging out from an 1-5 start. In fact, it’s already hard to see this team digging out from a 1-4 start. Up next: Oct. 11 @ Philadelphia

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