The New York Giants enter their bye week dead last in the NFC East, but have a very real chance at exiting it in second place.
At 4-3, the Giants can gain ground just by being idle. The third-place Washington Redskins (4-3) travel to London this week to play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4), and the second-place Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) travel to play the division-leading Cowboys (5-1) on Sunday Night Football.
If Washington and Philadelphia lose, the Giants will come back from their bye in second place. They would have a game in the loss column on the 4-4 Redskins and hold the tiebreaker (better division record) over the 4-3 Eagles. They can better their lot by beating the Eagles when they return in Week 9 at MetLife Stadium. The down side? Dallas woud then have a two-game lead on the Giants in the division.
The Giants know they are in a good position when they come back from the bye. Can they break their four-year playoff drought, though?
"It's just a matter of how we play," QB Eli Manning said earlier this week. "You can't start dreaming about playoff time right now. We have to have our focus on Philadelphia. We have three home games coming in after the bye. Philadelphia is the next one. That's who are focus is on. Keep finding ways to get wins and it'll all work itself out."
Of the nine remaining games on the schedule, the Giants (1-1 in the NFC East) will play four divisional games.
NFC East Week 8 preview
Washington Redskins (4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) in London (Sunday, FOX, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Washington: Quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 301 yards with a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown in last week's loss at Detroit. Over his past five starts, Cousins has a 99.2 passer rating and a 4-1 record. ... Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had seven catches for 108 yards last week, his second career 100-yard receiving game. Crowder has scored a career-best four touchdowns this season (three receiving, one punt return).
Cincinnati: Wide receiver A.J. Green had eight catches for 169 yards and a touchdown (48 yards) in last week's 31-17 win over Cleveland. It marked Green's ninth career game with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch, which is the fourth most in NFL history by a player in his first six seasons. ... Running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 168 yards with a TD on just nine carries in the win against the Browns. Hill's 168 rushing yards are the third-most in NFL history by a player with fewer than 10 carries in a game.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (5-1) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Philadelphia: Rookie QB Carson Wentz has won four of his first six starts and has completed 118 of 185 passes (63.8 percent) for 1,324 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions for a 92.7 passer rating. ... The Eagles are the only team in the NFL this season to return a kickoff for a touchdown -- and they've done it in back-to-back weeks. In Week 6, Wendell Smallwood had an 86-yard kickoff-return touchdown, and last week, in the team's 21-10 win over Minnesota, Josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. Philadelphia is only the fifth team since 1970 to have a kickoff return touchdown by a different player in consecutive weeks.
Dallas: Rookie QB Dak Prescott has won five of his first six starts and completed 125 of 182 passes (68.7 percent) for 1,486 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 103.9 passer rating. Prescott has scored three rushing touchdowns. ... Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL averaging 117.2 rushing yards per game and is the first rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games. Elliott rushed for a career-best 157 yards in the team's Week 6 win at Green Bay.
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