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Week 8 NFC East Results Leave Work to do For Cowboys During Bye

Before the afternoon kickoffs of week eight, the standings through the Cowboys were to be set with the Eagles playing in London and the Redskins and Giants meeting at MetLife Stadium for an early game.

Learning only that the Giants played themselves further out of contention, the 3-4 Cowboys are left watching the Eagles improve to 4-4 with a 24-18 win over the Jaguars while the Redskins won their third straight 20-13. Washington leads the division at 5-2 and 2-0 within the East, their last two wins coming against Dallas and New York.

Still over a week out from their next game against the Titans, the Cowboys latest loss at the Redskins remains costly as the Redskins build their case as favorites in the division. After holding to 33 yards and sacking four times, the Redskins handed the Giants their seventh loss by bottling up (38 yards) and sacking seven times.

followed up his 99 yard performance on 24 carries against the Cowboys with 26 more rushes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

The Redskins will return to divisional play on at . Until then, they'll have a chance to improve their record at home against the Falcons (3-4), at the Buccaneers (3-4), and against the Texans (5-3).

Meanwhile, it feels like a mere footnote that the defending champions remain in contention for the NFC East title. Their win across the pond against the Jaguars didn't come as easily as the Cowboys 40-7 drubbing of Jacksonville, but was more than enough to send them home to a week off before hosting the Cowboys.

was efficient as always in the Eagles bounce back win, completing 21 of his 30 attempts with touchdown passes to , Wendell Smallwood, and Dallas Goedert.

Regardless of what the Cowboys do in their next game on they'll still be in search of their first road win in Philadelphia the following week.

Eternal optimists will see a clear path for the Cowboys to play their way back into the division race, making an aggressive play for during the bye to jump-start the . Pessimists, and perhaps realists, can spend the better part of this Sunday watching game with no NFC East implications – resided to the fact that the Cowboys alternating of wins and losses through their last ten contests will not be enough in 2018.

The Redskins were easily the most impressive team in the division today, and a team the Cowboys were a few plays away from defeating on the road, with a win against the Giants already under their belt and both match ups with the Eagles to come.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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