Giants are in first place right now and have two division games left to play
and Philadelphia. They can win four of their six remaining games this season to get to nine wins, which is probably what it will take to claim the NFC East. The
Giants also have a healthy
Eli Manning, who has won two
Super Bowls. They have the most explosive receiver in the league in
Odell Beckham Jr., and
Jason Pierre-Paul is back and getting on track.
If we assume the division will be won with a 9-7 record (and that may be optimistic), here is how Washington will have to do it: They have the toughest test out of the box
this week, having to travel to Carolina. Let's assume they don't win there. They then follow up with very winnable games at home
vs. the Giants
and Cowboys, then
go to Chicago. They have a tough game at home
against Buffalo, followed by road games
and Dallas for the division. As long as quarterback
Kirk Cousins does not turn the ball over, they win. They're running better and are
seventh in the NFL in third-down conversions. Except for against Carolina and Buffalo, this formula may get it done.
DeMarco Murray and
Ryan Mathews for a reason. DeMarco is a great north-south running back, and Ryan has proved to be one of the best short-yardage and goal-line running backs. The
Eagles have enough at the receiving and tight end positions to get them into those situations. Toward the end of the year, when most teams lean on the running game to take control of the clock and beat teams, that's going to be the
Eagles' biggest strength. They have two solid pieces and a great balance between those two running backs.
Cowboys have the best offensive line in the NFC East, without question. Given the experience they have with their skill players -- especially with
coming back -- they can get on a run and win these
last seven games. We've seen them do it before. We've seen them win consecutive games with this group. They've had one of the toughest schedules in the league so far, but it's about to get a little easier. I think Cowboy fans can be optimistic going forward.