Through the first seven weeks of the 2016 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys sit alone atop the NFC East with a 5-1 record.
In terms of the entire NFC, they are currently the top seeded team in the conference holding the tiebreaker over the 5-1 Minnesota Vikings.
While the Cowboys have the Philadelphia Eagles to thank for their current top spot in the conference, it's those same Eagles who currently pose the biggest threat to Dallas' spot as the lead dog in the East.
At 4-2 the Eagles have completely surprised the football world. Most expected them to falter this year behind a rookie quarterback deemed as "not ready," and an offense lacking any real weapons. The real strength of the Eagles has come on defense, as their front seven has taken over games and lead Philadelphia to these 4 victories.
This Sunday, those Eagles travel to Dallas with the inside-track to first place on the line. Although it is still early in the season, the Cowboys have a real chance to separate themselves from the pack, and take over this division with a win on Sunday.
The Jumbled NFC East
Per usual, the NFC East is an absolute jumbled disaster this season. The only difference, all four teams actually look to be good this year. The NFC East has the best "out of division" record in the NFL, and all four of it's teams are over the .500 mark.
The parity between the teams has continued this season as well. In their season opener the New York Giants knocked off the Cowboys by one point. In week 2, the Cowboys squeaked by the Washington Redskins on the road. In week 3, Washington traveled to the Meadowlands and defeated the Giants.
In other words, not a damn thing in this division makes sense. But as fans of the NFC East, we wouldn't want it any other way.
How the Cowboys can create separation
To understand just how important Sunday night's game is, let's first take a look at the NFC East standings.
|1||Dallas Cowboys||5||1||vs. Eagles|
|2||Philadelphia Eagles||4||2||at Cowboys|
|3||Washington Redskins||4||3||at. Bengals (London)|
|4||New York Giants||4||3||Bye Week|
So what does all of this mean?
With a win Sunday, the Cowboys will put themselves a full 2 games ahead of every team in the loss column. On top of this, Washington has to travel to London (where the games are always ugly) to play a pretty good Cincinnati Bengals team which badly needs a win.
I like the Bengals chances in that game, and if they were to win, it would knock the 'Skins down to 4 losses, including one against the division leading Cowboys, just about burying their chances as of now.
The Giants have a bye week, but the Cowboys can still gain significant ground over them with a win Sunday. As I stated earlier, a win would put them two whole games ahead in both the win and loss column. Plus, the Giants haven't exactly looked all that impressive these past few weeks, even in victories over the Ravens and Rams.
Oh, and the Giants have the Eagles and Bengals coming up after the bye, neither of which is a "gimme" of any sorts.
A win over the Eagles would also give the Cowboys a 2-1 record within the division, halfway through their divisional games. Considering their second match up with the Eagles will be in Philadelphia, which is always a tough place to play, Sunday's game has even extra importance to it.
Only the Redskins would also have a winning record within the division, but since their one loss came to the Cowboys, their record wouldn't mean as much.
Anytime the Cowboys and Eagles get together, there's an extra energy in the air. It's a historical rivalry filled with hatred that neither side wants to lose. But this Sunday, the Cowboys should have a little extra motivation knowing that they can take total control of the NFC East with a win.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Want to help make Inside The Star better?
We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.
Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Should the Cowboys Restructure LB Sean Lee’s Contract?
NFL Draft1 week ago
Mauricio’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cowboys Steal Defensive Talent
Dallas Cowboys4 days ago
Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line
Dallas Cowboys1 week ago
Cowboys 2018 Free Agency: What’s Left Before Market Opens?
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Do the Dallas Cowboys Have Any Trade Assets?
Star Blog6 days ago
3 Former Penn State Alumni Cowboys Could Target in Free Agency
NFL Draft2 weeks ago
Familiar Faces Remain in the Fold for Cowboys Mock Drafts
Star Blog1 week ago
Cowboys Defense: Bigger Need at Safety or Defensive End?