PHILADELPHIA – The NFL’s most successful division is a jumbled mess.
Nearly halfway through the season, only one team in the NFC East has a winning record. The New York Giants are 5-2 while the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins each are 3-4.
No other division has produced more Super Bowl winners (11) or conference champions (19), but there’s no beast in the East this season.
“I think there’s more parity throughout the league,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “And that’s what the league is striving for with the (salary) cap and so on. So I think we’re there.”
Parity could be considered a synonym for mediocrity. Regardless, first place is certainly up for grabs in the East. The team that was supposed to be there all along just might end up on top.
The Eagles have rebounded nicely from a 1-4 start. They’ve won two in a row, including a convincing 34-7 rout of the Cowboys in front of a national audience on Sunday night.
Turnovers and mistakes cost the Eagles in each of their losses. They also lost two games they were leading before Michael Vick was injured and couldn’t finish.
Reid took a lot of criticism and plenty of fans and media called for his firing. Every player stood by their coach. They’ve seemingly turned things around and are a confident bunch these days.
“The games we’ve lost, we’ve done it to ourselves,” said defensive end Jason Babin, one of six former Pro Bowl players the Eagles added in the offseason. “And when we do the right things, beautiful things happen.”
With Vick and LeSean McCoy leading the way, the offense is ranked No. 1 in the league. The pass-happy Eagles even have the top rushing attack.
The Eagles and Giants could be headed for a first-place showdown on Nov. 20 at the Meadowlands. Philadelphia has home games against Chicago (4-3) on Monday and Arizona (1-6) before its rematch with the Giants.
The Giants visit New England (5-2) and San Francisco (6-1) the next two weeks. After facing the Eagles, they’ll play at New Orleans (5-3) and host Green Bay (7-0).