There was no football played by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 as they were on bye, but their position within the NFL’s most storied division did not change. They are in first place.
Dallas does indeed sit atop their three division rivals as the only team that boasts a winning record through Week 8. Of course, the Cowboys were the first NFC East team to be on bye this season so they are the only one that hasn’t technically reached the midpoint of the season by playing eight games.
Philadelphia was the lone NFC East team to win in Week 8 as they took care of the Buffalo Bills, a team many don’t believe is as good as their 5-2 record would seem to indicate. New York and Washington lost to Detroit and Minnesota, respectively. Any time a division rival loses it’s always something to smile about.
The road stays interesting to the NFC East crown as the Eagles will host the struggling Chicago Bears this week, Washington will visit the aforementioned Bills, and the Cowboys and Giants will square off on Monday Night Football. These next few weeks are going to drastically impact the overall race as the Philadelphia Eagles have to play the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks when they return from their Week 10 bye. Of course, the Cowboys will visit New England in Week 12; it never gets easy.
For now we are effectively halfway through the season and the Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East. They’re undefeated in division games and have a chance to add to that a week from now.
Hopefully they do. Last time they visited MetLife Stadium it did not go so well.