The Dallas Cowboys at .500? The same Cowboys who were 1-15 last year, on merit?

Well, not exactly the same Cowboys, but these guys have a shot at moving to 3-3 when they face Phoenix on Sunday.In their second season under Jimmy Johnson, the Cowboys have a new look. The biggest change, however, has been in the standings.

After beating Tampa Bay last week, the Cowboys had two wins, surpassing last year's total through five games. Where else to go but up, starting in Phoenix against the 1-3 Cardinals.

The most interesting game in the NFC East is at the other end of the division, with the New York Giants (4-0) at the Washington Redskins (3-1). Other divisional meetings include San Francisco at Atlanta, Cincinnati at Houston, Green Bay at Tampa Bay and Seattle at the Los Angeles Raiders.

Also, it's Detroit at Kansas City, Cleveland at New Orleans, San Diego at the New York Jets, Pittsburgh at Denver and the Los Angeles Rams are at Chicago.

On Monday night, slumping Minnesota is at equally disappointing Philadelphia.

The Giants have won four in a row and nine of 11 non-strike games against Washington. A victory at RFK Stadium would be New York's fourth in the NFC East and solidify its position at the top of the conference.

Somwhat surprisingly, the Raiders are in first place in the AFC West. One of their wins in a 4-1 start was at Seattle, a game tinged with controversy.

Since then, the Seahawks have lost at Denver 34-31 in overtime, routed then-unbeaten Cincinnati 31-16 and beat New England 33-20.