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Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, Romo threw an interception with two minutes to go that allowed Manning, Knowshon Moreno and the Broncos to manage the clock to end the game on a Matt Prater field goal.
Through five weeks, all NFC East teams have a losing record and they have combined to go 5-14. Considering that even the 0-5 Giants are only two games out of first place, the NFC Least is really anyone's division at this point.
Here's this week's question: Who will “win” the NFC East this season (and will that team have a winning record)?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
While there are no moral victories in the NFL, the Cowboys lost to the Chiefs and Broncos, both 5-0, by one and three point(s), respectively. In addition, the one-point loss to the Chiefs was on the road at Arrowhead Stadium. My point is the Cowboys are clearly the best the team in the NFC East despite their 2-3 record.
The Cowboys lead the NFC in scoring offense (30.4 points per game) and only the Broncos have scored more. Meanwhile, the Giants, Redskins and Eagles' defenses are all among the worst in the NFL.
If they can tighten up the defense, the Cowboys high-powered offense led by Tony Romo (second in NFL in passer rating, 114.3), Dez Bryant (on pace for line of 93/1,354/19) and DeMarco Murray (542 YFS) will allow the Cowboys to win the division. I expect them to win the division with an 8-8 record.
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
The Cowboys will win the NFC East, and I actually do believe they will have a winning record. It's easy to take the team that's currently in first, but I think that five weeks into the season, the Cowboys look like the only legitimate playoff team in the division. They just put up 48 against the Broncos, and even though they came up short, Denver is inarguably, at this moment, the best team in the league. To take them to the brink was a big deal.
The Eagles have been disappointing to say the least against all non-NFC East opponents. RGIII does not look like the same guy that took the league by storm. He has made more mistakes, and has not been as effective without the threat of his legs. The Redskins have gotten much more conservative offensively, and the defense has been abysmal. The Giants don't even merit a mention here (Insert Jim Mora's playoffs tirade here).
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
Based on the scheduling that I always talk about when doing my yearly predictions, I see Philadelphia and their last-place schedule with the easiest path to win the division. On paper, the Cowboys are by far the most talented team in the NFC East.
I think we have another Week 17 matchup on SNF where the Eagles come in at 9-6, Dallas is at 8-7. The winner wins the division and gets the No. 4 seed. The loser goes home and misses the playoffs.
As much as I’d personally like to see Tony Romo fail in the national spotlight again, I think Romo and the Cowboys pull it off. Both teams finish 9-7, but Dallas wins the division.
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Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
The NFC East is so bad this year, it is laughable, and this almost compares to 2011 when the Seahawks won the NFC West with a record of 7-9. After watching five weeks, and still no signs of the Giants getting better, I predict the division will be won by the Dallas Cowboys with an 8-8 record.
The NFC East has one of the tougher cross-division schedules with the NFC North, and the AFC West that have the best chance to have a wild card from each of those divisions. I see Dallas as the cream of the talent, as Washington needs to tighten up their defense considerably, the Chip Kelley offense will sputter without Vick, and the Giants are just a mess.
The Cowboys win it by going .500, and they have the offensive firepower to make some noise in the playoffs.