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NFC East Week 5 Power Rankings: Fan's Take

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I know I've started this a bit late into the season seeing as we're starting up week five, but I'd like to start writing a weekly Power Rankings list for just the NFC East. A long, drawn out article with all 32 teams doesn't really allow for any substance outside of one or two lines so breaking it down to just one division should be a little more entertaining; for me anyway.

1. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles lead the league in turnovers and are one of two teams currently in the double digits with 6 interceptions thrown and 6 fumbles lost. Michael Vick has accounted for 8 of those 12 turnovers. That being said, the Eagles are still prevailing in games and got a big win against the New York Giants in week four and didn't turn the ball over once. They now have a 3-1 record, the best in the NFC East. Teams that can win games whilst turning the ball over as much as Philly give themselves time to work out the kinks while remaining competitive in the standings. It seems the Eagles might be headed in the right direction after all.

2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III is the truth, there's no denying it. This guy has shown no signs of slowing down since his epic debut and is torching defenses with his arm and his legs. That being said, I think there's another story in Washington that is yet untold; that of rookie running back Alfred Morris. This guy is 5th in the league in yards, 5th in the league in yards per game and no one has more rushing touchdowns than him. That's a pretty good start to a career and no one seems to be talking about it. If teams sleep on Morris as much as the mainstream media has, the Skins could have a lot better year than expected.

3. New York Giants - The Giants lost a tough game in week four against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. The game was one of the ugliest offensive showings for both teams as the first nine drives of the game ended in a punt. The game picked up in the second half and a late 54-yard field goal that fell short sealed the Eagles victory. I've always hated the way coaches call timeouts right before a field goal is kicked in an attempt to "ice" the kicker, mostly because it really doesn't work that often. In fact, it backfires a lot and it almost did for Andy Reid and the Eagles. Lawrence Tynes, the Giants' kicker sailed the first attempt wide to the left but since Reid tried the ice maneuver, Tynes got a second try. Lucky for Eagles fans this time Tynes' kick fell short and the Eagles squeaked out another nail-biter. The Giants should be able to get back on their feet this week as they face the Cleveland Browns at home.

4. Dallas Cowboys - Let's just say that the Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears on national television in week four, wasn't the best game of Tony Romo's career. To his credit, he didn't have much support in helping him get into a groove as receivers dropped passes and missed routes but there's never a good excuse for five interceptions in one game. This one can't be blamed on the offensive line, Romo was only sacked once. Granted he was rushed a lot, but the line was holding the Bears at bay long enough for Romo to make plays and he didn't. The Cowboys need wins early in the season as they've proven to be a sub-par team come December. To do so, Dallas needs to make some serious adjustments. They'll have plenty of time to ponder as they roll into their bye week but then have to travel to Baltimore to face another elite defense in the Ravens.

Brendan Clinch is diehard Dallas Cowboys fans and has been for more than 20 years. He loves the game of football and follows the league very closely. You can follow him on Twitter @BClinch_YCN.


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