College football has the SEC. The NFL has the NFC East.
Power, baby, power.
In the South where I live, the local college-football-is-religion fans always prop up the Southeastern Conference, extolling the power of the league. Rightfully so. The SEC is the king of college football this year, with four teams in the top 10.
We expect that kind of power from a college conference. We don't from one division in the NFL.
But after three weeks of the NFL season, the NFC East is a combined 10-2, the only two losses coming to division teams. They are undefeated against the rest of the NFL.
Power, baby, power.
The division features the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the best team in football right now in the Dallas Cowboys, a Philadelphia Eagles team that nearly upset the Cowboys on the road last Monday night and a Washington Redskins team that has won two straight behind a quarterback who seems to have arrived.
In putting together the CBSSports.com Power Rankings this week, the thing that stands out is how top heavy it is with the NFC East. The Cowboys remain atop the rankings after going to Green Bay and beating up a good Packers team.
The Giants, who escaped with an overtime victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, are second. The Eagles are in the fifth spot. The Redskins, whose only loss came to the Giants, are in the 12th spot.
We expected the division to be tough, but this good?
Right now it would be hard to argue against an NFC East team playing in the Super Bowl -- unless they beat the daylights out of each other.
With only two games between the teams so far, it means we have plenty of division wars left to come. Will the team that wins the division be a group of battled-tested warriors or a beaten-up, punch-drunk champ who just happened to be the last team standing?
The way the Cowboys are going, it might be the former. They have an offense that can't be stopped and a defense that showed signs of coming to life against the Packers.
The NFC East is the SEC of the NFL.
How y'all like them rigors of the NFC East?
The Power Rankings after Week 3: