Throughout the entirety of the NFL season thus far, the NFC East standings have been a huge question mark. The Washington Football Team, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles have all taken a turn in first place, proving that this division is truly anyone’s for the taking.
Heading into Week 16, Washington holds first place in the division with a 6-8 record. Both Dallas and New York trail by only one game, and Philadelphia rounds out the group at 4-9-1.
In a year where anything can happen, I would not be surprised if the order in which these teams currently stand were to change drastically at the conclusion of Week 16. The first-place Football Team, going up against the 4-10 Carolina Panthers on Sunday, snapped its four-game win streak this past weekend with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Panthers have the worse record, they have beaten better teams in the past, like the Arizona Cardinals in early October. It is possible that Carolina could come out victorious and demote the Football Team to 6-9.
If Washington loses, that would mean first place is up for grabs for either the Cowboys or the Giants. New York plays earliest in the division at 1 p.m. against the 9-5 Baltimore Ravens, which is likely to be a challenge for a team that has had such wavering success all season. However, like Carolina, New York has beat some solid squads, like Seattle in Week 13. If the Giants can squeak out a win versus Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, it would be a huge boost for them heading into the playoffs, particularly pending a Washington loss.
Dallas and Philadelphia have an interdivisional game in Arlington on Sunday, which is bound to be an exciting matchup. A Cowboys win would sink Philadelphia lower in the standings and tie Dallas for first place, if the Football Team loses. If up-and-coming QB Jalen Hurts and the Eagles can manage a win, the Cowboys would fall to last place (depending on the Giants and Ravens result) and Philly would be in the hunt for the playoffs.
With the season nearing its conclusion, it is safe to say that nothing is for sure in the NFC East. Undoubtedly, the most that each team can hope is for all the other teams to lose, because as of now, everybody has a chance at the playoffs.