NFC East News

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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The Giants have won three in a row and are suddenly right smack in the middle of the NFC East fray. That's not saying much considering the state of the NFC East these days, but it's all we've got right now so we'll take it.

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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Three of the four NFC East teams will be in action this afternoon (the Giants have a bye). The Cowboys, Redskins and Eagles are all playing poor defense and will need to tighten things up if they have any designs of winning the division.

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 defeated the Eagles, 15-7, in Philadelphia yesterday, picking up a game on them and the rest of their NFC East opponents. Dallas lost in the last seconds in Detroit, 31-30, and the Redskins - after taking a 21-7 lead over the Broncos in Denver - got overtaken by a second half surge and were crushed, 45-21.

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.

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The latest dope form the cap-strapped NFC East as only our colleague Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast can tell it....

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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Philadelphia: Eagles' players charged up over Kelly hiring....??I?m excited No. 1,? tight end Brent Celek told CSN?s Derrick Gunn. ?I guess I?m a little shocked, just because it was first reported that he was staying at Oregon, but he?s our coach now and I can?t wait to see how we do, how this offense runs. I?m excited to get going.? READ

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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Here are some tidbits from around the NFC East....

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 Ryan

Dallas 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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We said the NFC East might be in for a tough week. We were right. All four teams took it on the chin. You know about the Giants, so we won't dwell on that, but the other three teams blew opportunities to pick up any ground on them in the standings, which remains relatively unchanged:

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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Giants' PK Lawrence Tynes has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. Tynes tied a career-high with five field goals (41, 37, 26, 43 and 37 yards) and scored 17 points in the Giants' win over the Cowboys last Sunday.

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).

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They have not been blown out. They have not broken down. They have not completely stunk. Yet, the Giants sit at the bottom of the NFC East after one-fourth of the season has passed.

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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Tom Coughlin said he is pleased with the way the team has practiced this week and is ready for the trip to Philadelphia. He said he is aware of the importance of this game and what awaits his team this Sunday night. The Giants may have won the Super Bowl in February, but the Eagles have them pegged, winning seven of the last eight games including playoffs.

"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.

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The Giants' next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, have been turning the ball over at a historic rate. QB Michael Vick has six interceptions, five fumbles and has been making dubious decisions with the football. The Eagles are 2-1, but could easily be 0-3.

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:

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The Giants will be back to work today at TIMEX, preparing for their next jaunt - this time to play the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday night. It will be the last night game for the Giants for awhile.

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.

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Dallas Cowboys' OT Tyron Smith was fined by the NFL for his horse-collar tackle on Giants' LB Michael Boley in last Wednesday's game. Boley had intercepted a Tony Romo offering and was headed for a pick-six when Smith grabbed him from behind and pulled him out of bounds on the 1-yard line.

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."

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For the second week in a row, Eagles' QB Michael Vick left the field during a preseason game to have an x-ray taken. He is, in many's eyes, the key to the Eagles' season - a season in which they must make the playoffs after the disappointment of last year. Granted, the Eagles did not need Vick to defeat the Giants last November (I'm sure you recall the embarrassing loss to Vince Young on national TV) but they will need a healthy Vick in 2012 to have any type of chance in the rugged NFC.

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.

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From Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast:

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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Jeff McLane of Philly.com ?drained his notebook.? ?He also did this?earlier this offseason. ?There are some really good nuggets in both posts, and his mention of Asante Samuel got some national attention from Pro Football Talk, which then got the attention of Asante himself. ?Here?s what Jeff wrote:

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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Yes, it sometimes seems that pariah extraordinaire Michael Vick may have a comprehension disorder. ?He blew up his career once because he didn't understand right from wrong and when he speaks these days you wonder what's going through his head.

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.

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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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The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, who were hit with with hefty sanctions by the NFL for front-loading contracts during the the uncapped season of 2010, were both denied their appeals this morning by an arbitrator.

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.

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News from Philadelphia....

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...."

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The Philadelphia Eagles will try to trade veteran CB Asante Samuel before the draft...

[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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The NFL levied heavy sanctions against the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins today for front-loading contracts during the uncapped year of 2010. The Cowboys will lose $10 million in cap space over the next two years and the Redskins will lose a whopping $36 million.

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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Something new here - a little nugget from each corner of the NFC East...

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.

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It's Cowboys week and regardless of records it's always filled with high energy and expectations. Throw in the fact that it's a nationally-televised game and the atmosphere has a different bounce to it.

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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For awhile this afternoon it looked like the Dallas Cowboys just might get trapped by the Washington Redskins outside of the Nation's capital. ?Many Giant fans found themselves rooting for the Redskins to take Dallas down. It didn't happen....the Cowboys are now 6-4, one game behind the Giants. ?That is, if the Giants can beat Philly tonight....

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 Giants are in San Francisco to play the 49ers in 4:15 ET start. Their three division rivals are all kicking off in early games today...

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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The 4-2 Giants have a golden opportunity to put some distance between them and their division rivals this weekend. They face the 0-6 Miami Dolphins at home while the Redskins, Cowboys and Eagles face tough challenges.

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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Current standings: Giants 4-2, Redskins 3-2, Cowboys 2-3, Eagles 2-4

Schedule: Sunday Oct 23: Redskins at Carolina 1pm; St.Louis at Cowboys 4:15pm

Bye: Giants, Eagles

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ESPN's Rachel Nichols reports the Philadelphia Eagles are done with the "Dream Team" label are are set to make some changes.

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Michael Vick, the Giants Enemy No. 1, was forced from the game in Atlanta last night after colliding with teammate Todd Herremans in the third quarter. Philadelphia coach Andy Reid told reporters after the game that Vick had a concussion.

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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The Washington Redskins have announced they have come to terms with Trent Williams, their top pick in this year's NFL Draft.

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.
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