NFC East Update: Cowboys, Eagles look like the real deal, Redskins and Giants have ways to go

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season is officially in the books. So we know what that means: time to overreact to one game when each team still has 15 left to play.

Despite that, Week 1 meant more to the NFC East than any other division in the NFL. With the Redskins traveling to Philadelphia and Dallas hosting the Giants, all four NFC East teams played a divisional game to kick off the 2019 season. The NFC East was the only division in football for each team to start off with a divisional rival as their opponent.

If Week 1's results are an indication of things to come, 2019 will go as many expected it to in the NFC East: the Eagles and Cowboys look like Super Bowl contenders, while the Redskins and Giants fall way behind.

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Let's get to it:

NFC East Update: Week 1

1. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

Every game Dak Prescott plays from here on out, his price tag continues to go up. The fourth-year QB, who has been unable to reach a long-term extension with the Cowboys, had a career day against the Giants. Prescott threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions in a 35-17 rout over their divisional rival.

Week 1 also served as a breakout for wide receiver Michael Gallup, who looks primed to be the perfect complement to Amari Cooper. Gallup led the team with seven receptions and 158 receiving yards. Ezekiel Elliott made his debut after signing a six-year, $90 million extension this past week, but didn't overly impress. But remember, he reported just five days prior to the game. Cowboys fans should have nothing to worry about with Zeke.

Up Next: Sept. 15, @ Washington

2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

The Eagles were the betting favorite to win the NFC prior to the season, but the first half of Sunday's contest against the Redskins hardly showed that. Washington took a surprising 20-7 lead into the halftime break.

But Doug Pederson's crew made all the necessary adjustments at halftime. Philadelphia scored a touchdown on their first three possessions in the second half without allowing Washington to muster a first down on offense. In the third quarter alone, the Eagles outgained the Redskins 197-6, as Carson Wentz had time to pick his spots on nearly every passing down.

And no one looks happier to be back in Philadelphia than DeSean Jackson himself. The speedy wide receiver got behind the Redskins secondary for two touchdowns of 50+ yards, capping off an epic return to the City of Brotherly Love. 

The NFC East looks like a two-team race, just as many expected it to be.

Up Next: Sept. 15 @ Atlanta

3. Washington Redskins (0-1)

Week 1 was a tale of two halves for the Redskins. In the first half, they dominated the heavily-favored Eagles, entering the locker room with a 13-point lead. Quarterback Case Keenum looked legit, wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught a 70-yard touchdown, and the Redskins defense held the Philadelphia offense in check besides one deep ball to DeSean Jackson.

But for every halftime adjustment the Eagles made, Washington failed to do. The Eagles opened up the third quarter on a long touchdown drive, trimming the Redskins lead to six. After Keenum overthrew McLaurin for what would've been another long touchdown pass, the Redskins went three-and-out, giving Carson Wentz the ball right back. The Eagles marched right down the field and took the lead. A very similar sequence of events occurred again, with the Eagles turning in another long drive into a touchdown, and a nine-point lead.

The Redskins couldn't move the ball in the second half until garbage time, with a late touchdown from Keenum to Trey Quinn that made the score look a little more respectable. The reality is, the Redskins have a ways to go to compete at the Eagles level. The Cowboys are up next.

Up Next: Sept. 15 vs. Dallas 

4. New York Giants (0-1)

If the Giants did one thing well on Sunday, it was making Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott look like an All-Pro. Prescott carved up the New York secondary for arguably his best performance as a pro, throwing for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns, tying a career-high.

Looking on the bright side, running back Saquon Barkley looked to have picked up where he left off. The second-year running back ran for 120 yards on just 11 carries, aided by a 59-yard scamper. But the game flow forced the ball to stay in the hands of Eli Manning, as the Giants went down...quick.

A third-quarter touchdown rush by Ezekiel Elliott gave Dallas a 35-10 lead, forcing the Giants to abandon any sort of run game.

Big Blue was able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit, but the game was already long over. With the game in its final moments, the Giants trotted rookie quarterback Daniel Jones for his NFL debut. The 2019 No. 6 overall pick finished 3-for-4 for 17 yards before fumbling on his first rushing attempt.

Up Next: Sept. 15 vs. Buffalo


NFC East Update: Cowboys, Eagles look like the real deal, Redskins and Giants have ways to go originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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