Eatman: Somebody Has To Win NFC East

Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, it's hard to figure anything out in this league. One thing seems pretty clear, however.

The NFC East is up for grabs. It's up for grabs right now and it'll likely stay that way all year long.

Yeah, the Redskins are winning it right now. I think all Cowboys fans will agree that Washington doesn't scare anyone. They're 3-1 with wins over the Giants, Cardinals and Rams. The road will get tougher for them for sure. And an undermanned and banged up Cowboys team already beat them once.

The Giants? Who knows what team you'll get there, but what they showed Sunday against the Seahawks was downright horrific. They had no business even being in that game having turned it over five times at home against a Seattle team that lost its starting quarterback (although I'm not sure that wasn't a good thing.). Still, the Seahawks tried to give it back and the Giants wanted no part of it. With that, they fall to 3-2.

Like they've been the last few years, the Giants are up-and-down, with the ability to beat any team in the league on any field, and also lose to any team as well. The Cowboys are no different and that's why this division race is going to be interesting.

And then you've got the Eagles? What? The Dream Team is seriously 1-4? Well, I don't know what's going on with that team, but I know this, they scare me more than anyone else. I've seen Andy Reid's teams struggle early in the year and somehow they find a way to get it turned around. If anything else, they'll bring their best against the Cowboys so to me, the Eagles are far from out of anything.

Usually what happens in this division is that everyone will beat each other up. I expect that to happen again this year, which likely means the division winner in 2011 will be the only representative in the playoffs. Yeah, I know it's very, very early to be talking about all of that. Anythng can happen and there's a good chance it will happen.

But what we know right now is that no one from the NFC East looks too formidable. They're all beatable and when that happens, it'll be up for grabs all year.

So for the Cowboys, who sit at 2-2, still with the sourest of sour tastes after that blown lead against the Lions, winning the division is not only obtainable, but should be somewhat expected.

It might not be a bad division at the end of the year, but it's a bad one right now. Like we saw last year with the NFC West . . . somebody has to win it.

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