NFC East Roundup: Traffic Jam At The Top

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

With four games to go, the NFC East’s collection of porous football teams is a scrunched-up mess with a combined record of 19-29. But the division will still send someone to the postseason, which means each team is still striving for a possible seventeenth game.

We’ve collected the latest headlines from around the division for your reading pleasure, and compiled each team’s remaining strength of schedule for reference.

Someone has to win this division.

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Eagles’ Scouting Report Of the Cowboys

Sean Lee and Jason Garrett. (USA Today Sports)

Sean Lee and Jason Garrett. (USA Today Sports)

If you ask Beau Allen, it’s not hard to predict what the Eagles will go up against tomorrow night when they play Dallas.

“When you play a division team like this, you know what to expect,” Allen said. “You get so familiar with their scheme and their personnel. We know what they’re going to do, and they know what we’re going to do. There’s not a whole lot of secrecy to it.”

To get a better feel for what the Eagles will face this week, we asked several players and coaches about Dallas. Here’s what they said, plus stats detailing where the Cowboys rank in the NFL in points per game, yards per carry, passer rating and turnovers on both sides of the ball. Read more »

Eagle Eye: Dez Bryant Is Back, And Dangerous

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When the Eagles lost to the Cowboys in Week 2, they faced Tony Romo, but not Dez Bryant.

This time around, the Birds will face Bryant but not Romo, which obviously lessens the potency of the quarterback-receiver one-two punch.

Still, Malcolm Jenkins and company would be unwise to underestimate the impact that Bryant can have on an offense, even when handicapped by a quarterback like Matt Cassel.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dallas, Dez And Darren

Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. (USA Today Sports)

Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. (USA Today Sports)

It’s not difficult to determine when the Cowboys’ season took a turn for the worst. After Tony Romo left their Week 2 game in Philadelphia injured, Dallas lost five consecutive games.

“There’s no question about it: Having a good quarterback improves your chances of winning and Tony has been a really good quarterback for us for a number of years,” Jason Garrett told Eagles reporters yesterday. “It’s always a team effort; it’s always a collaborate effort; you always win as a team and lose as a team, but certainly that position is significant.”

After Jordan Hicks hurt Romo in the Eagles’ first division matchup of the season, Brandon Weeden finished the game by completing all seven of his passes for 73 yards and one touchdown. After that, however, Weeden threw more interceptions than touchdowns in his next three games. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Division Up For Grabs

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Well, someone’s gotta win this mess, and the Eagles seem to be in as good of position as any to do it.

Though on a bye this past week, their standing within the division got a bump up thanks to an 0-2 performance out of the NFC East. Eli Manning tossed a personal-best six touchdowns but Drew Brees did him one better, tying an NFL record (held in part by Nick Foles) with seven TDs in the Saints’ ridiculous 52-49 win over the Giants Sunday. Meanwhile in Seattle, Dez Bryant returned to the Dallas lineup but was held to just two catches for 12 yards and the Cowboys fell 13-12 to the Seahawks.

And so, through eight weeks, here’s where things stand: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reader Mailbag

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The first game of the season provided us with several answers about the Eagles, but it also brought up even more questions after their up-and-down performance. You can always email us or comment on our Facebook page, but follow us on Twitter so you know when we’re looking for submissions for the next reader mailbag.

One quick note before I dive in: I was most frequently asked about why the Eagles didn’t take more shots down the field against Atlanta, which is something I discuss in my All-22 later this morning. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dallas O-Line Lays Base

Cowboys Line

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When Jason Garrett took over as the Cowboys’ head coach full-time in 2011, he made the offensive line the focal point of his regime.

“That was priority No. 1 when I became the head coach, was we had to re-build the offensive line,” Garrett told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. “The game starts up front. You have to be strong on the offensive and defensive lines to win in this league on a consistent basis. We allocated resources to get better up there.”

Garrett and the Cowboys selected Tyron Smith with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 draft. In 2013, they took Travis Frederick with the No. 31 overall pick. And in 2014, they chose Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick.

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Wake-Up Call: How Sunday Affects the Eagles

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Like many of you, I spent most of my Sunday watching NFL games. Although the Eagles don’t kick off their season until tonight, the other three NFC East teams were in action.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the division fared in their opening games. Read more »

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