NFC East Power Rankings: Are NY Giants at top spot after Raiders win?

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It’s been a season of dominance for the Dallas Cowboys, but after a loss, this weekend, are the NY Giants in a position to steal the NFC East throne?

Even after an upset victory on Sunday, the NY Giants are still three and a half games back in the NFC East standings. But, are they the top team in our power rankings after picking up their second win in three weeks this past Sunday?

Against the Raiders, Daniel Jones managed the game efficiently enough to put New York in a position to win, as the Giants’ defense dominated, including forcing a pair of turnovers and a game-ending strip-sack of Vegas quarterback Derek Carr.

Here’s how things stand in the NFC East, including where the NY Giants sit in the division power rankings

NFC East’s #1 team: Dallas Cowboys

Sunday’s wire-to-wire loss to the Denver Broncos was truly puzzling.

The Cowboys were absolutely powerless to stop the AFC West visitors’ offensive assault, which included a Teddy Bridgewater air raid (19/28 completion rate, 249 yards and a touchdown) and a ground assault from Javonte Williams (111 yards on 17 carries) and Melvin Gordon (80 yards and a touchdown).

While Dak Prescott eventually got the offense going, it was too little, too late.

Denver carried a 19-0 lead into the fourth quarter, putting Prescott in hurry-up mode to collect his counting stats. Ezekiel Elliot was reduced to a mere bit player with just 51 yards on ten carries.

The time of possession battle was dominated by the Broncos, holding possession for over 41 minutes of the hour-long pounding the Cowboys took.

Despite such a lopsided loss, Dallas is still the top dog in the NFC East. The AFC West has more parity than any other schedule, so a loss to a “last place” Denver team isn’t too damning.

Their top spot won’t last another week if they don’t knock off the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, though.