Who Will Capture the NFC East?
The NFC East is at the half-way point of the season with the Eagles sitting alone in first-place.
Three of the four teams have played eight games, with Washington playing seven.
So who will capture the NFC East division title and host a playoff game in January?
Lets take a look.
The Eagles schedule the rest of the way is brutal with a five game stretch where they will face teams that are a combined 26-10, and three division game left, playing New York, Dallas and Washington one more time.
10 Sun November 15 1:00PM @ New York Giants
11 Sun November 22 1:00PM @ Cleveland Browns
12 Mon November 30 8:15PM Seattle Seahawks
13 Sun December 6 4:25PM @ Green Bay Packers
14 Sun December 13 4:25PM New Orleans Saints
15 Sun December 20 4:05PM @ Arizona Cardinals
16 Sun December 27 4:25PM @ Dallas Cowboys
17 Sun January 3 1:00PM Washington Football Team
Let's say the Eagles just win their division games the rest of the way, that would put them at 6-9-1.
As for Washington, who is currently 2-5, with a win over Philadelphia back in Week 1, and still have three games inside the division remaining. The combined record of their non-NFC East foes is 25-19-1. They have some winnable non-NFC East games on the schedule with average Detroit (3-4) and Carolina (3-5) teams and a improving Bengals team that is 2-5-1.
Lets say they win two of those game and two-of-three of their division games, that would make them 6-10.
9 Sun November 8 1:00PM New York Giants
10 Sun November 15 1:00PM @ Detroit Lions
11 Sun November 22 1:00PM Cincinnati Bengals
12 Thu November 26 4:30PM @ Dallas Cowboys
13 Sun December 6 1:00PM @ Pittsburgh Steelers
14 Sun December 13 4:25PM @ San Francisco 49ers
15 Sun December 20 1:00PM Seattle Seahawks
16 Sun December 27 1:00PM Carolina Panthers
17 Sun January 3 1:00PM @ Philadelphia Eagles
In Dallas, the Cowboys currently sit at 2-6 with three NFC East games left on their schedule and five non-NFC East opponents left, with a combined record of 20-16-1. Outside of the division they will face two teams with losing record, Minnesota and Cincinnati, and a .500 team, San Francisco. If they win two of the three, and two of their three division games they would leave them at 6-10.
9 Sun November 8 4:25PM Pittsburgh Steelers
10 Bye Week
11 Sun November 22 4:25PM @ Minnesota Vikings
12 Thu November 26 4:30PM Washington Football Team
13 Thu December 3 8:20PM @ Baltimore Ravens
14 Sun December 13 1:00PM @ Cincinnati Bengals
15 Sun December 20 8:20PM San Francisco 49ers
16 Sun December 27 4:25PM Philadelphia Eagles
17 Sun January 3 1:00PM @ New York Giants
Finally the New York Giants, who fell to 1-7 after their Monday Night loss to Tampa. They still three NFC East games left and have five non-divisional game remaining with the combined record of those teams sitting at 23-13-1. Only the Bengals have a losing record in those games. If the Giants beat the Bengals and win two of three NFC East games they would finish 4-12.
9 Sun November 8 1:00PM @ Washington Football Team
10 Sun November 15 1:00PM Philadelphia Eagles
11 Bye Week
12 Sun November 29 1:00PM @ Cincinnati Bengals
13 Sun December 6 4:05PM @ Seattle Seahawks
14 Sun December 13 1:00PM Arizona Cardinals
15 Sun December 20 1:00PM Cleveland Browns
16 Sun December 27 1:00PM @ Baltimore Ravens
17 Sun January 3 1:00PM Dallas Cowboys
Plenty can happen, upsets can happen, but its very conceivable that who ever wins the most NFC East games will capture the division and host a playoff game. Regardless, its apparent this division is the worst in football and there is a strong possibility that the winner is under .500 this season.
My guess is Philadelphia captures the division at 7-8-1 with Washington landing at 6-10, and Dallas and New York at 4-12.