NFC East Roundup: Everyone Take a Step Back, Please

We said the NFC East might be in for a tough week. We were right. All four teams took it on the chin. You know about the Giants, so we won’t dwell on that, but the other three teams blew opportunities to pick up any ground on them in the standings, which remains relatively unchanged:

After nine weeks, the Giants still hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cowboys and Eagles and a three-game lead over Washington. The Giants were the only team in the division to score over 13 points this week. The Cowboys fell to the undefeated Falcons in Atlanta, 19-13. The Redskins lost to Carolina at home and the Eagles got gutted by the Saints in New Orleans last night, 28-13.

Philadelphia

Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly says this Eagles team may be the most disappointing he’s been around in 25 years:

I’ve seen all of it for the last quarter-century. And I’ve never seen an Eagles team like this. Bad teams? Yes. Awful teams? Yes.

But never a team with so much talent, so much potential, so many accomplished players with gaudy resumes — Pro Bowlers, high draft picks, consistent multi-year starters — that just goes out there week after week and plays with no pride, no heart, no character.

Remember, this was a team picked by many experts to win 10 or 11 games, to make a deep playoff run, even to reach the Super Bowl by a handful of people. And this? This is what we get? Seriously?

We’ve seen bad Eagles teams. Teams with terrible players, inept coaches, awful quarterbacks. Teams with zero chance. This is worse. This is a team with huge expectations, a team that on paper should be very good, with a roster stocked with Pro Bowl players, that either doesn’t know how to win or just doesn’t care about winning.

From our man Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the Beast:

Dallas

The Cowboys, meanwhile, are on life support after just 8 games. Who are the Cowboys’ 5 best players? In my opinion (in whatever order you prefer), they’re DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Sean Lee, Jay Ratliff, and Jason Witten. The Cowboys are now 3-5, and have a highly unlikely climb to make the playoffs. Here’s how old those aforementioned players will be when the 2013 season begins:

Romo: 33
Ware: 31
Ratliff: 32
Witten: 31
Lee: 27
And here’s how much money those four core old guys are scheduled to make in 2013:

Romo: $11.5 million
Ware: $6 million
Ratliff: $5 million
Witten: $5.5 million
That’s very manageable. However, in 2014, Ware’s contract jumps to $12.25 million and Tony Romo will be a free agent. The Cowboys haven’t produced results, or even much optimism at all since 2009. Will 2013 be the last year in which the Cowboys keep that core together?

Washington

The Redskins are done. Just ask Mike Shanahan:

“You lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. I’ll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at,” Shanahan said.

“Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.”

Mike Shanahan: Motivational speaker.