The best-case scenario for the Giants in Week Six was to exit Philadephia with a victory and have the Cowboys fall flat in Seattle. That would have created a three-way tie between the teams for the division lead at 4-2.?But, as fate would have it, the Giants were the ones who fell flat, while the Eagles and Cowboys both advanced to 5-1.
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Sunday's win, paired with the losses by Dallas and Washington and the Eagles' victory, have landed the Giants just 1 1/2 games off the division lead.
The Giants face the Packers next week at MetLife. Green Bay will still be without Aaron Rodgers, but third stringer Scott Tolzien, who tossed for 280 yards in a loss vs Philly yesterday after Seneca Wallace left the game with a groin injury, will be get the start for the Pack.
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Dallas is dead last in the league in total defense. Philly (31st) and Washington (29th) are right down there with them. The Giants are 18th in the NFL in overall defense.
At 1pm, Dallas (4-4) will host the 1-6 Minnesota Vikings as the 2-5 Redskins entertain the 4-3 San Diego Chargers at FedFex Field.
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The Giants are only two games behind with eight to go. They will take their bye next week. The Cowboys will host the Vikings; the Eagles are in Oakland and Washington is home vs the Chargers.
The Giants signed kicker Josh Brown, ending Lawrence Tynes? run with the Giants. He got two rings out of it, so good for him. Don?t be surprised if the Giants continue to address the kicker position in the draft. The guy that I would keep an eye on is Caleb Sturgis of Florida, who was absolutely murdering the ball at the East-West Shrine Game practices.
The Giants hosted Jasper Brinkley, but he left to go visit the Cardinals. I can?t say that I know anything about Brinkley?s game, but the overwhelming theme in reading up on him quickly is that he wouldn?t be much of an upgrade over Chase Blackburn, a player who shouldn?t have been starting in the NFL in the first place.
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Dallas: Where do the existing pieces fit in Monte Kiffin's defense?.... Jerry needed to make a splash, and to do that, you fire your defensive coordinator and now you?re changing schemes. I guess that?s the splash he intended. I wouldn?t have made the change for two years. I would?ve let DeMarcus Ware play out his hand as the weakside pass rusher. He is your best player. Now I think very few pieces fit into what they?re looking at doing. READ?
Washington: Redskins will be restricted in restricted free agency....There hasn?t been much movement at all in the NFL restricted free agent market lately. In fact, not one RFA changed teams last year. That could change this year but the Redskins won?t be doing any shopping, at least at the top end of the market. READ
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Washington: RGIII' recovery from reconstructive knee surgery could cause him to miss the beginning of the 2013 season.The doctor who performed surgery on Robert Griffin III?s knee Wednesday morning said the Redskins' quarterback ?will be ready for the 2013 season,? leaving some wiggle room as to precisely when he'll return to the lineup. But according to Ben Shaffer, the Capitals? longtime physician, a typical recovery for an elite athlete who had a similar surgery is 8-9 months. (more)
Philadelphia: The Eagles are very interested in Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.Add Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to the ever-growing list of Eagles head coaching candidates. According to two league sources, the Eagles have already met with Kelly, who has a 28-11 record in three seasons in South Bend, including a 12-0 regular-season mark this year. Notre Dame?s season ended Monday night with a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami, and the Eagles met secretly with Kelly the next day. Kelly then left the country and remains overseas, one league source said. (more)
Dallas: Jerry Jones comments on the firing of DC Rob RyanDallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made his first public comments about the release of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during a taped interview that aired Wednesday. Jones alluded to two losses -- at Seattle in Week 2 and to Chicago at Cowboys Stadium in Week 4, when Dallas' defense was almost completely healthy -- as part of the reasons why he let Ryan go. (more)
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After nine weeks, the Giants still hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cowboys and Eagles and a three-game lead over Washington. The Giants were the only team in the division to score over 13 points this week. The Cowboys fell to the undefeated Falcons in Atlanta, 19-13. The Redskins lost to Carolina at home and the Eagles got gutted by the Saints in New Orleans last night, 28-13.
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Tynes currently leads the NFL in scoring with 94 points, 14 ahead of New England's Stephen Gostkowski. Tynes also leads the league in points per game (11.8) and FG made (24).
NFC Special Teams Player of Month for October: @giants K Lawrence Tynes
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The Eagles sit atop the division at 3-1. They have been trounced once (27-6 by Arizona) and won by margins of one, one and two points. They are surviving. They should have lost to the Ravens (a blatant pass-interference call late in the game in the end zone was missed) and the Giants (complete cluster%$#@ in the final seconds). They also escaped the Browns with a late-game drive in Week One.
The Cowboys (2-2) opened the season by exploiting the flat-footed, butterfingered Giants. Since then, they have been hammered by Seattle , barely snuck past Tampa Bay and crunched by Chicago. They lack fizzle and focus and if the Giants hung on to the football on opening night, the Cowboys would be in last place.
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"We talked about that with the team today." Coughlin explained. "How important these divisional games are and where we are right off the bat, and how important this game is, period."
The coach put the long-standing rivalry, in which the Giants hold an 80-72-2 edge, in perspective.
Last summer the Eagles chose to keep Michael Vick and trade Kevin Kolb. Yesterday, Vick and the Eagles were slammed by Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals, prompting questions if Vick is really the the answer for them at QB.
From Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com:
Their next Sunday night game will be November 25th when they play host to the Green Bay Packers. That game will be followed by a trip to Washington the next Monday. The rest of their games are all scheduled for Sunday afternoons at either 1pm or 4:25.
The new rules state teams can only play five primetime games. The Giants will appear in primetime three of their first four games this season.
The tackle ended up saving the Cowboys four points. The Giants lost yardage on first and second down and then Victor Cruz was mugged on the goal line on a pass play on third down. The Giants had to settle for a FG. From Mike Fisher of foxsportssouthwest.com:
"It is, in a sense, the best $15,750 that Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith will ever spend. Sources tell 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, the NFL has ordered the 21-year-old budding standout to pay for his horse-collar of the Giants' Michael Boley ? part of a game-turning tackle of Boley following his interception. Smith's tackle was followed by his defensive teammates' goal-line stand, a highlight of Dallas' 24-17 win at New York."
From Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast:
I don?t know what Michael Vick is thinking. On the second freaking play of the game, he rolled left and ran. Dove head first. Took a shot. We constantly hear that he?s going to protect himself, and then he never does. On the play he got injured, I can?t put full blame on Vick, as he got no protection, with Evan Mathis completely whiffing on his man and Todd Herremans giving up quick pressure. Vick was boxed in and he tried to fire a pass to DeSean Jackson but took a big hit to the ribs. Done for the night. X-rays negative. I would have to imagine Andy Reid won?t let Vick sniff another snap of preseason action, and if that?s the case, here are Michael Vick?s preseason numbers: 4 for 7, 11 yards, 2 X-rays. That is not what any Eagles fan had in mind.
The Eagles demoted Demetress Bell, and have promoted King Dunlap to starting LT, with indications it?ll stay that way for?at least the remainder of the week. ?Obviously, the Eagles are unhappy with something they have seen from Bell. ?He didn?t play well in the 6 snaps he was on the field Thursday night against Pittsburgh, but I hardly think that was the sole reason for this decision. ?Seems a little knee-jerky to me. ?Could be attitude, could be I?m missing something about his play in practice (I thought he has been fine), could just be that Howard Mudd is lighting a fire under Bell?s ass. ?But obviously, this is not the ideal scenario Eagles fan were looking for.
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4.?Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie is this year?s Jackson.?Well, maybe not of that magnitude. But the cornerback is one of the few established veterans on the Eagles heading into the last year of his contract. The Eagles are banking on DRC having a little extra to play for and that he?ll be at least the equal of?Asante Samuel, who was jettisoned in the offseason. I?m split on the Samuel move. Reid thought he was in steep decline and that his style no longer suited the scheme. The latter may be true, but I think Samuel is still better than his replacement.Asante was not happy:
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He is the QB of the Philadelphia Eagles, perhaps the NFL's most disappointing team the past decade. With oodles of talent, the Eagles have mustered just one Super Bowl appearance over that time and - you guessed it - they lost.
Yet Vick feels the Eagles are developing a dynasty, much like the 49ers of the 80's and Cowboys of the 90's. He left out one minor detail, though....those teams won seven Super Bowls between them. The Eagles, on the other hand, have not won a single playoff game since he joined the team in 2009. In fact, they didn't even qualify for the postseason last year.
Amani Toomer likes Dallas' Tony Romo over the Giants' Eli Manning at QB until "crunch time", where Eli excels. Is there any other way to measure a QB except how they play when the game is on the line...? (Photo:?Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)
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Cowboys' QB Tony Romo owns the second-highest career passer rating in NFL history and has thrown for 4, 000 yards three times in his career. But instead of being praised as one of the game's best, he's garnered intense scrutiny based on his poor record in big games.
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From Rich Tandler of CSNWashington....
The Redskins are going to have to make do with $36 million less in salary cap space over the next two years than the rest of the NFL.
The NFL announced that arbitrator Stephen Burbank has dismissed the challenge to a total of $46 million in salary cap penalties brought by the Redskins and the Cowboys.
Eagles' OT Peters' Achilles Injury May Jeopardize Season....Eagles' LT Jason Peters ruptured the Achilles tendon in right leg while working out this week. Outside of QB Michael Vick, he may be the player the Eagles can "least afford to lose."
According to Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly: "The injury occurred Tuesday while Peters was training in Texas. He will have surgery to repair the tendon next Tuesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Steve Raikin of the Rothman Institute.....According to a team source, the Eagles haven't ruled Peters out for the entire season. More will be known after surgery is completed...."
[stextbox id="alert" bcolor="23e31b" bgcolor="86fcc1"]"The cornerback is 31 and due to earn $9.5 million next season, so it's unlikely they'll get anything close to what they would have had last August in a near-complete swap with the Detroit Lions." - Jeff McClane, Philly.com[/stextbox]
Troy Aikman?told The Brownsville Herald in Texas?that Tony Romo is a better QB than he was....
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According to Rich Tandler of CSNWashington:
The team?s front office restructured some contracts to take advantage of the fact that there was no limit on spending, despite some warnings by the league that this could result in future penalties. The two biggest moves they made were to restructure the contracts of Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall so that $21 million and $15 million of charges scheduled to go into future years were charged to 2010.
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Philadelphia: WR Desean Jackson is eligible for free agency this spring and the Eagles and their fans are torn on what to do with the volatile speedster. Some think he should be ?signed to a new deal while others feel the team should pass. The reality is they may end up placing a franchise tag on Jackson and be back in the same position next year.
From Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com...."The Eagles should do everything they can to lock up Jackson to a long-term, multi-year deal while they still hold exclusive negotiating rights to the 25-year-old receiver, before he hits free agency and the open market in mid-March.
No one wants to miss this one. If they can crawl, they will dress.
The Giants are getting some of their key people back, although center David Baas (headaches) was still undergoing tests and is unlikely to make the trip to Dallas.
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From Newsday via AP:
Dan Bailey?s 39-yard field goal 9:21 into the extra period Sunday decided the Cowboys? 27-24 victory, their third straight win and the Redskins? sixth consecutive defeat.
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The Philadelphia Eagles?(3-5) are about to kickoff at home vs the Arizona Cardinals and will be without WR/KR DeSean Jackson. He is not injured, however...from Brad Wilson of the Express Times:
Jackson missed a Saturday team meeting and was told he would not be in uniform for today's 1 p.m. kickoff. He will replaced by Jason Avant. Starters Nate Allen (free safety, concussion) and Evan Mathis (left guard, turf toe) are also inactive and will be replaced by 2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett from Temple and erstwhile tackle King Dunlap, respectively.The Redskins?(3-5) are in Miami where QB John Beck will face his old team, the Dolphins...NOT! Rex Grossman is back at the helm for Washington. From Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com:
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The Giants' big win over the Patriots the other night did several things. First, it changed their whole season. They won a game they were destined to lose from the first day the schedule came out. No one beats the Pats in Foxborough. They regained the ground they gave up by losing to Seattle. They are 6-2 at the turn, a place they have seen themselves five times in the past eight seasons.
By winning this game, they got their mojo back and team unity is at a high again. They also maintained their two-game lead over the rest of the division.
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Washington has lost three of their last four and now face the high-scoring Bills, who are coming off a bye. Dallas is in Philadelphia Sunday night in what is shaping up as a "must-win" for the Eagles.
If the Giants beat the Dolphins this week, they will move to 5-2. ?Should Washington and Dallas both lose, the Giants will have a two-game lead over the other three.
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This puts Vick's status for next week's early season showdown with the Giants as doubtful.
"He's OK right now," Reid said afterwards. "The doctors will take care of it from here." Mike Kafka played the remainder of the game in Vick's place. The Eagles fell to the Falcons, 35-31.
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Williams, an offensive tackle from Oklahoma, was the fourth overall selection in April's draft and his deal is reportedly worth $60 million over six years.