Yes, we’re only two weeks into the season. And yes, the Redskins’ win Sunday was only the team’s second in its past 10 games. But it’s not too early to believe the Redskins have a shot at winning the NFC East. The drastic shift from apathy to optimism is warranted. While the Redskins have played well, uncertainty surrounds the rest of the division. Seven or eight wins might be all it takes to win the division this year, and Washington is fully capable of being that mediocre team that sneaks into the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

The team’s two division victories are overshadowed by the loss of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for an extended period. Since Romo’s first career start in 2006, Dallas is 77-48 when he plays and 6-9 when he doesn’t. His replacement, Brandon Weeden, has a 5-16 career record. And the Cowboys’ rushing attack is not nearly as good as it was last year.

Washington Redskins (1-1)

It’s a small sample size, but the Redskins have the top rushing attack and defense in the league. Did you think either of those things would be true for any two-game stretch this season? Washington’s ability to control the clock with running backs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones has taken pressure off its defense, which has allowed just 234.5 yards per game.

New York Giants (0-2)

The Giants set one of those records you don’t want to set. According to Elias Sports Bureau, they became the first team in NFL history to lose its first two games of the season after holding a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter in each. Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin have exhibited awful time management, and the Giants’ running game has struggled.

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)

Chip Kelly hasn’t seen early-season returns for all those offseason moves. DeMarco Murray has 11 yards on 21 carries, Sam Bradford entered Monday with the 31st-best passer rating in the league, and first-round pick Nelson Agholor has just four catches for 36 yards. With an NFL-high eight three-and-outs, it’s tough to get that fast-paced offense in rhythm.

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