The Redskins only needed to sit back from the comfort of their couches this week to take the lead atop the NFC East standings. With the New York Giants shocking loss at home to the lowly NFC West's Seattle Seahawks, the Skins, with only one loss to their name, moved ahead one game in the loss column and into first place.
Sitting in the caboose of the NFC East is the "dream team" itself, the 1-4 Philadelphia Eagles. With their 2011 season hanging in the balance, the Eagles come to FedEx Field this Sunday to face a rested first place Redskins. The Cowboys, also idle this week, are third in the division at 2-2 and will travel to New England to face an AFC-best Patriots team.
Elsewhere in the NFC, the Lions, after a Monday night win over Chicago, remain a perfect 5-0, joining division rival Green Bay as the NFL's only undefeated teams. At 4-1, the New Orleans Saints and the surprising and surging San Francisco 49ers lead the NFC South and West, respectively.