The early battle for first place in the NFC East will go down next week, as two sliding teams in the 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles and the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys look to put some horrid Week 6 losses in the past and keep their heads above water in a crowded NFC.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tried to fan the flames of this hot division rivalry by guaranteeing a Philly win earlier on Monday, but has already walked those comments back, claiming he was just "showing confidence in his team."
“I also said that on the outside, people really think the sky is falling and everything is just crumbling,” Pederson added later. “We’re tied for first place in the NFC East. We have a great opportunity against a great football team on Sunday night to attempt to win a football game."
Pederson later said that he would never guarantee a win (except for earlier in the day, when he did just that).
Dallas was stunned on the road by a now-recuperated Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, while Philadelphia's porous secondary was torched by Kirk Cousins (of all people) and the Minnesota Vikings in a 38-20 defeat.
It's probably for the best Pederson wasn't so boastful, as any team that starts Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones knows that no lead is truly safe.