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NFC East Standings Update: Redskins Fall To Panthers, Drop To Third Place In Division

The Washington Redskins 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers, coupled with the Dallas Cowboys win over the hapless St. Louis Rams, dropped Washington into third place in the NFC East.

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins passes against the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins passes against the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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It was a light week of games for the NFC East, with just the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys playing Sunday while the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed a bye week resting, recovering and scoreboard watching. What they saw? The Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers beating the Redskins 33-20 and the Cowboys thrashing the woeful St. Louis Rams 34-7.

Those results mean the New York Giants remain in first place in the NFC East, but the hometown Redskins fall to third place in the division despite now having the same 3-3 mark as the despised Cowboys. You can thank Washington's 1-2 division mark for the drop from second place (Dallas is 1-0 in the division). Two games separate first from last, and there does not appear to be a dominant team through seven weeks of play.

In other words, Redskins fans, despite the doom and gloom after two straight tough-to-swallow losses, this division is still wide open, and most likely will remain so for the duration of the season.

Here are your updated NFC East standings:

New York Giants: 4-2
Dallas Cowboys: 3-3
Washington Redskins: 3-3
Philadelphia Eagles: 2-4

Here is how the teams have fared in division games this season, in order of where they stand in the division standings:

New York Giants: 1-1
Dallas Cowboys: 1-0
Washington Redskins: 1-2
Philadelphia Eagles: 1-1

For more on the Washington Redskins, check out SB Nation's Washington Redskins blog Hogs Haven. For more on the aftermath of the Redskins vs. Panthers showdown, visit this StoryStream.