Early in the season, the talk of the NFC East being the best division in football seemed overblown. Much of this was tied to the implosion of the Dallas Cowboys. The three remaining teams in the division, however, have been major forces across the conference, if not the league.
Among the leading teams in the conference, the three NFC East teams that remain competitive--the New York Giants at 6-2, the Philadelphia Ealges at 5-3, and the Washington Redskins at 4-4--each has the potential to unleash a dominant late season rushing attack. But which one is the best?
The New York Giants have looked like the most dominant team in the NFC and have been one of the most consistent teams in the entire league. Ahmad Bradshaw is really no better than a journeyman but as a compliment to a hot Manning-led passing attack, he's excelled. The squad still has Brandon Jacobs on mothballs/in Tom Coughlin's doghouse.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been up and down but aside from the implosion in Tennessee, they're undefeated when one quarterback plays the whole game. For what that's worth. And LeSean McCoy has been a huge part of that. While Brian Westbrook was an amazing football talent, McCoy is establishing himself as a more consistent rushing threat. No he can't catch or make tacklers miss in the open field but he's one of the best between the tackles, down hill runners in the league with deceptive speed. They've yet to unleash Jerome Harrison upon the NFC as well.
Entering the season, the Washington Redskins had a collection of the fantasy football All Stars at running back. Right now their attack is led by Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, Chad Simpson, and the injured Clinton Portis. Led is a rather loose term given the lack of leadership the Shanahan father and son combo has brought to the table this past month.
The Dallas Cowboys might just be the most dangerous 1-7 in NFL history. You'd get no argument from this corner if you claimed Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, and Marion Barber were the most talented collection of young backs in the league today. The fact is that regardless of their record, the Dallas Cowboys have the ability to come to life at any moment.