Atrocious. The perfect word to describe the situation in the NFC East this season.
While the other divisions in the NFL have at least one team running away with it, or a couple close together at the top with over .500 records, the NFC East has neither and is looking like anybody could win it.
The Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles are all level with a record of 5-7, which is sadly the best in the division, while the Dallas Cowboys sit at the bottom on 4-8. The Washington-based franchise is only at the top thanks to a greater conference record of 5-4.
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At the moment, it looks like the Redskins will finish at the top of the division thanks to their greater conference record, but if the Giants were able to out-pip them to the post, don't be surprised if they were to go on a Super Bowl run once again.
According to Gil Brandt on Twitter: "If games were only 58:45 long the #Giants would be 10-2 this year. They've blown record-tying 5 4th-quarter leads in final 2 minutes."
It's a stat which shows the Giants don't have a clutch player amongst their ranks at all this season, but if one develops in time for the playoffs, they could make their own NFL history and become the first team to win the big game after finishing the regular season with a less than .500 record. The 'what could have been' record of 10-2 shows quality, but not consistency.
That is a longshot, and truly unthinkable right now, but it could well be possible if someone like Eli Manning or Odell Beckham Jr starts turning up for the Giants. If they do, the New York-based franchise could be one of the surprise packages in the playoffs this year.
From their fixtures remaining, they're probably guaranteed to lose against the Carolina Panthers and possibly against the Minnesota Vikings, but they should definitely pick up wins versus the Eagles and the Miami Dolphins this weekend. This might be enough to put them at the top of the division.
Considering the Cowboys are 1-7 without quarterback Tony Romo, the Redskins are 0-5 away from home and have to play three of their final four games on the road this season, and the Eagles have been yoyoing with different extreme results all season so it is anyone's guess what they'll do, the door is wide open for anyone.
However, we must remember that the stats don't lie. The Giants have been terrible this season, and if they fail to make the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year, head coach Tom Coughlin could be out of a job.
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