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The NFC East is bad and there’s little sign of improvement

The NFC East is the worst division in the NFL through four weeks of the 2020 NFL season.

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by the Cleveland Browns defense in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Every NFL season there is usually one division that is particularly awful. Recently it has been the NFC East, with the Philadelphia Eagles winning the division title with a 9-7 record.

This year, the NFC East is looking to outdo itself. The Washington Football Team lost to the Baltimore Ravens to drop to 1-3, and at one point on Sunday were in first place. With the Dallas Cowboys losing a shootout to the Cleveland Browns to drop to 1-3 as well, Washington’s season-opening win over Philly gave them the divisional tiebreaker.

However, by the close of Sunday, it was the Eagles who were in first place with a robust record of 1-2-1. The Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in a game that was ugly regardless of your fandom. Carson Wentz made some big plays late and the Eagles won 25-20.

As the NFC East heads into Week 5, the division has a decent chance of having a title winner finish at or below .500. The Cowboys looked the most impressive on offense on Sunday, but their defense was a disaster. The Eagles made some big plays on defense, but they were facing the 49ers second and third string quarterbacks.

It would seem like the division is going to come down to Philadelphia and Dallas, as many expected when the season started. I just don’t think people expected it to be this bad.

Week 5 brings a divisional “showdown” when the Cowboys host the Giants. Elsewhere, the Eagles travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington hosts the Los Angeles Rams. Here’s what the standings look like coming out of Week 4.

1. Philadelphia Eagles 1-2-1
2. Washington Football Team 1-3
3. Dallas Cowboys 1-3
4. New York Giants 0-4