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NFC East 2021: Division Goes 3-1 in Week 4, Cowboys Hold Onto Lead

The East was easily the worst division in football in 2020; Washington won it with a 7-9 record and the other three teams were all laughably bad. But things are looking up this year as the have moved to 3-1 and the division produced three winners in Week 4.

Dallas knocked off the previously undefeated in commanding fashion, holding a 36-14 at one point before some garbage-time scores. Washington got a road victory in Atlanta while the Giants finally put one in the “W” column in an overtime victory over the Saints.

The Eagles were the only loser this week, dropping another deuce at home to Kansas City. ’s homecoming in Philadelphia, completely overshadowed by the one happening in New England, went as you’d expect.

NFC East Standings

(Division Record in parentheses)
  1. 3-1 (1-0)
  2. Washington Football Team 2-2 (1-0)
  3. 1-3 (0-1)
  4. 1-3 (0-1)

Back to the winning teams. Were the three victories by Dallas, New York, and Washington that impressive?

The Panthers were undefeated before Sunday but did it against two of NFL’s worst teams, the Jets and Texans, and a Saints team that just lost at home to the Giants. Carolina’s definitely moving in the right direction under Matt Rhule but there was probably some fool’s gold in that 3-0 record.

The Falcons are another of those worst teams in 2021, making the fact that Washington needed a last-minute to beat them somewhat mitigating. Still, the Football Team is doing this with a backup QB and a road win is nice in any context.

New Orleans was 2-1 before meeting New York but has an identity crisis at the moment. Are they the team that blew out Green Bay 38-3 in the season opener and beat the Patriots in Week 3 or the guys that lost 26-7 to the Panthers and dropped a home game to the Giants?

Week 5 for the NFC East will be interesting as most of the aforementioned teams will be featured again. The Cowboys will host the Giants, Washington hosts the Saints, and the Eagles will fly south to play the Panthers.

Dallas definitely has the easiest matchup of the three; a great chance to create separation from the Football Team in the standings. Let’s hope they keep riding this momentum!

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. You guys are putting words in the author’s mouth. He’s not extolling the greatness of this team by any stretch of the imagination. He’s simply given an accurate account of the current State-of-the-NFC-East. There’s not even a “between the lines” message that this team will win the division. It’s literally a 6-day outlook … nothing else.

    Is tempered enthusiasm really enthusiasm?

  2. We all need to temper the enthusiasm, no team with a 26 year lack of playing in its Conference championship deserves to be anointed, this franchise has been the poster child for mediocrity. Yes, it’s the 3rd youngest roster with last 2 drafts esp. most of this draft’s rookies contributing meaningful snaps. Don’t get suckered into fool’s gold, enjoy our team right now, but again don’t have any misgivings this is not an elite team and won’t prove to be until the “POST” season.

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