Through 11 games of the NFL season, the NFC east has three teams within a game of each other. The Dallas Cowboys have won three straight, the Washington Redskins just lost to the Cowboys to drop to 6-5 and the Philadelphia Eagles are 5-6 after beating the New York Giants Sunday afternoon.
With just five games left in the season, let’s take a look at the remaining schedules for each team and figure out who will win the division.
|Washington Redskins (6-5)||Philadelphia Eagles
|Week 13||New Orleans (10-1)||@ Philadelphia (5-6)||Washington (6-5)|
|Week 14||Philadelphia (5-6)||Giants (3-8)||@ Dallas (6-5)|
|Week 15||@ Indianapolis (6-5)||@ Jacksonville (3-8)||@ Los Angeles Rams (10-1)|
|Week 16||Tampa Bay (4-7)||@ Tennessee (5-5)||Houston (7-3)|
|Week 17||@ Giants (3-8)||Philadelphia (5-6)||@ Washington (6-5)|
Team by team analysis
The Eagles and Cowboys have the toughest schedule down the stretch. They will both face 10-1 teams that are capable of putting 40 points on any given week. We will focus on the Cowboy aspect of that right now. The Cowboys will face the red hot New Orleans Saints this Thursday night in Arlington. The Saints have won 10 games in a row and have scored over 40 points five times in that stretch. Then, they will take on the Eagles who they already beat but anytime the Eagles come to town it will be a battle. The Colts have won five in a row and Andrew Luck is playing great. The Buccaneers are 4-7, but they have the best offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game. The good news is that three of the five are at home for the Cowboys.
Easiest remaining schedule
Washington has the easiest remaining schedule, but they are without their starting quarterback so there isn’t a “gimme” on their schedule because of that. Redskins have lost three of their last four due to struggling defense. They have given up 30 points twice and in the game they won over the Buccaneers, they gave up over 500 yards.
How does it all play out?
The Cowboys will finish the season at 9-7 by going 3-2 with wins over the Eagles, Bucs and Giants. The Cowboys will lose to the Saints and Colts.
Washington will finish the season 8-8 by going 2-3 with wins over the Giants and Eagles (week 17). Washington will lose to the Eagles, Jaguars and Titans.
The Eagles will finish 7-9 by going 2-3 with wins over the Redskins and Texans. Philadelphia will lose to the Cowboys, Rams and in Washington week 17.
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