Which teams are on top of the NFC West?
The NFL is back for Week 6 and it’s a busy week for the league’s most valuable teams.
The Washington Redskins, who lead the NFC East with a 7-1 record, are looking to bounce back from a 10-3 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys are riding high after they beat the Oakland Raiders by 27 points Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished second in the AFC East last season, are still searching for their first win over a divisional rival.
And the Green Bay Packers have some big games to play this week against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.
The NFC West, which includes the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, is currently tied with the NFC South for the best record in the league at 6-3.
The Washington Redskins will try to bounce right back from their 10-point loss to the Giants.
It was their seventh consecutive loss and the first time since Week 1 of the 2016 season that they’ve lost by seven points or more.
Washington coach Jay Gruden said the team would try to win out to stay in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 seed.
Washington has been without cornerback Tramaine Brock, who tore his ACL against the Rams on Sept. 9.
But coach Jay Gross said Brock was not ready to play against the Giants and he expects Brock to be ready for Sunday’s game.
“He’s been on the shelf a lot,” Gross said of Brock.
“But we’re going to do everything we can to make sure he’s ready to go.”
Brock’s return comes at a significant cost.
He’s scheduled to make $1.8 million in 2016.
Brock tore the ACL in his right knee in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ Sept. 18 loss at Seattle.
He has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Washington’s other injured player, receiver DeSean Jackson, has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
Jackson, who was a surprise starter last season against the Saints, has been sidelined since Week 7 with a torn ACL.
He could return against the Cowboys.
Rams running back Zac Stacy was listed as questionable for Sunday because of a rib injury.
The Cowboys have allowed the most rushing yards per game in the NFC this season (3.9) and are second in yards per carry (6.7) behind the Dallas Eagles.
The Cowboys also have allowed more rushing touchdowns than any other team in the NFL.
The Redskins are also coming off their best performance of the preseason.
They overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Minnesota Packers 31-23 in the preseason finale.
Washington will need a better performance against the Packers and Lions to win its first playoff game since 2009.
The Atlanta Falcons have a three-game winning streak against the Redskins.
They have won three of the last four meetings and have won five of the past six.
The last time the Redskins defeated the Falcons was in the final game of the 2014 season.
The Carolina Panthers have won six straight games at home and six of the first seven.
They are the only team with a winning record over their last 11 games at CenturyLink Field.
The Detroit Lions are 7-0 in the playoffs and their last victory came in Week 2 of last season.
The Lions are 6-2 at home this season and they won’t be getting the benefit of an AFC North rivalry matchup against the Carolina Panthers.