The Giants' 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night completed a clean sweep for the NFC East this weekend. All four teams won close ballgames to keep the order in the division for at least another week. The NFC East is the only one of the NFL's eight divisions where all four clubs have winning records.
First place Dallas (8-1, 2-1 in the division) won their eighth straight game, a thrilling 35-30 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 114 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winning 32-yard score with nine seconds remaining and had 95 receiving yards with a touchdown.
The Giants (6-3, 2-1 division) remained in second place with their gutsy win over the Bengals, their fourth in a row. They will face the banged-up, troubled Chicago Bears at home this weekend.
Washington (5-3-1, 2-1 division) defeated the reeling Minnesota Vikings, 26-20, at home. QB Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, PK Dustin Hopkins kicked four FGs and LB Preston Smith had two sacks and a key interception. The win was the Redskins' first since mind-October. This week they will host the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Philadelphia (5-4, 0-3 division) held the Atlanta Falcons and their league-leading offense to just 15 points in their 24-15 home victory on Sunday. RB Ryan Mathews ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns while the Eagles held the ball for 38 minutes and limited the Falcons to just 2-11 on third downs. They will have the pleasure of facing the red-hot Seattle Seahawks ont he road this Sunday.
The Giants may be two games behind the Cowboys in the standings, but they are the only team to beat Dallas this season, a 20-19 opening night victory. The other division rivals are three games back and have losses vs Dallas.
Big Blue is currently the fifth seed in the NFC, or the top Wild Card slot. Washington is currently sixth. That tie vs the Bengals in London several weeks ago may end up working in their favor. Dallas owns the top seed followed by NFC West leader Seattle, Atlanta (NFC South) and NFC North leader Detroit.
After they complete their three-game homestand agaisnt the Bears this Sunday, the Giants will travel to Cleveland and Pittsburgh before hosting the Cowboys. They then will host the Lions in their home finale before finishing up the season on the road in Philly and then D.C.
The Cowboys will play the Ravens, Redskins and Vikings before they face the Giants again on Dec. 11 in another Sunday night showdown. After that, they play Tampa Bay, Detroit and Philadelphia.