NFC East: Which Team Has Clearest Path


The NFC East is up for grabs with all four teams having a losing record. The question becomes which of the divisions teams will step up and earn a playoff spot?

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There are four games left on the schedule. The New York Giants have arguably the toughest slate of games. While the Miami Dolphins are not very intimidating, the next three games is a brutal stretch. The Carolina Panthers are undefeated for a reason. Led by MVP candidate Cam Newton, with the help of dominant defense, the Panthers may be the best team in football. The Vikings have had a great season and the Eagles seem to be the Giants’ kryptonite.

The Philadelphia Eagles just beat the high flying New England Patriots 35-28. Nobody really knows what to expect from this team. Before showing up Tom Brady and company, Philadelphia lost consecutive games to the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Lions. The Eagles play the Bills on Sunday. They then do battle with the Cardinals, who look like a Super Bowl contender. The Eagles finish the season against the Redskins and Giants. If the Eagles can keep their momentum from their big win and win three of their last four games they may win the division. 8-8 may be enough in the lowly NFC East.

The Washington Redskins next game is against the 5-7 Chicago Bears. The Bears have been playing better football of late than their record suggests. This game could go either way. The Redskins battle the Bills, Eagles and Cowboys to finish their season. The path is certainly there for the Redskins. This team has been so inconsistent however it is hard to trust that they will take care of their buisiness.  Because they sit only a game behind everyone else, the 4-8 Dallas Cowboys could still win the division. They have less room for error but they have the same chance facing them with 4 games remaining. You have to figure though that they will have the toughest road to the playoffs. Not only do they have an extra loss but they play the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets in consecutive weeks. The Bills aren’t an elite team but they pack a punch and then they have a rematch with the Redskins.

The schedule is too daunting for the Cowboys to run the table here.

It looks like the Redskins have the clearest path to playoff football. The Giants have two brutally tough games against the Panthers and Vikings. That being said it has been a weird season where anything that can happen has happened. The Giants have a tough road ahead of them. It may be the toughest four games stretch of their season. The playoffs essentially begin now in the NFC East.