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2011 NFL Standings: Despite Loss, Cowboys Just One Game Back Of Division Lead

The NFC East is shaping up to be a good race for the division title with the Dallas Cowboys trailing the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins by just one game as the NFL enters Week 5.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After four weeks of play, the NFC East hardly looks the way many thought it would at this point in the NFL season. After surrendering 17 fourth quarter points in a come from behind loss to the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys find themselves at 2-2 and one game behind both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins for the division lead. It doesn't get any easier for the Cowboys who will return after the bye week to take on the Patriots in Foxborough. 

The top half of the division sees both the Redskins and the Giants with identical 3-1 records. Washington defeated St. Louis 17-10 in Week 4 and will host Philadelphia in Week 6 after its' bye week. The Giants won its third consecutive game defeating the Cardinals 31-27 behind 321 yards and two touchdowns from Eli Manning. The Giants will host the 1-3 Seahawks in Week 5. 

Philadelphia has been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL thus far and fell to 1-3 on the season after a 24-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers despite 416 yards passing from Michael Vick. The Eagles will look to get their season back headed in the right direction during Week 5 when they travel to Buffalo to take on the surprising Bills

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.