State of the NFC East: Dallas Cowboys stats, more from Week 6
Let's dive into how the NFC East looks now that the final scores and stats are in, plus where are the Dallas Cowboys headed from here?
The Dallas Cowboys are heading into their bye week atop the NFC East and only one spot behind the NFC-leading Vikings, with shattered expectations in tow.
After dismantling the Bengals in Week 5, the Cowboys went to Lambeau Field and put the Packers on the grill beating them 30-16. The Washington Redskins continue to surge north in their 27-20 win over the Eagles. The two teams now swap places in the standings as the Eagles are now on a two-game losing streak.
The Giants finally stopped their slide by downing the bumbling Ravens 27-23 in Baltimore.
Here is the current State of the NFC East:
It was the second straight week wherein the projection was the Cowboys would be knocked backwards by their opposition, and it was the second time the NFL world was wrong. The Packers boasted the No.1 ranked rushing defense in the NFL going into Week 6, ready to meet the Cowboys No.1 ranked rushing offense. Something had to give and it was ultimately Green Bay that succumbed, with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 157 yards before it was all said and done. The Cowboys defense harassed Aaron Rodgers and Co. to the tune of four takeaways as defensive end David Irving was maniacal having three forced fumbles himself, and rookie Dak Prescott delivered three passing touchdowns to seal the deal.
Looking to keep momentum going after starting the season 0-2, the Redskins wanted to bring the Eagles down to earth even more after the Lions plucked some of their feathers in Week 5. Philly quarterback Carson Wentz was flat out assaulted by defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, who had four sacks on the rookie due to the 10-game suspension to starting offensive tackle Lane Johnson. Washington then laid it on thick with the ground attack, mashing the Birds with over 200 yards on the ground. The Eagles fell have fallen two spots in the division in as many weeks, while the Redskins have climbed out of the basement to second place.
The Giants have had a topsy-turvy start to the season, with an emphasis on turvy. After a close win in Dallas to open the season, they'd beat the Saints but then dropped the next three in a row. Needing a win to keep their heads above water, they were able to land one against a Ravens team that looks an utter mess as of late. Odell Beckham, Jr. took the Ravens to the woodshed for 222 yards receiving with two touchdowns on only eight receptions. Still the Giants barely escaped with the win, but they did nonetheless. It wasn't enough to keep them out of the NFC East cellar, but it keeps their playoff hopes alive.
A Look Ahead:
Sunday, Oct. 23:
Dallas Cowboys - Bye Week
New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions
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