DeSean Jackson ‘Disturbed’ By Fans’ Boos

DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson. (Jeff Fusco)

DeSean Jackson bounced into Washington’s locker room, minutes after beating the Eagles, 38-24, with a gray ball cap resting atop his short, auburn dreadlocks, and a grin spread across his face. His teammates were shimmying and preening for a wall of television cameras and smartphones to Future’s “Stick Talk” blasting from speakers nearby, basking in their newfound division-champion glory.

He didn’t jump in front of the cameras; instead, Jackson bounced over to give handshakes to a few teammates, rapping along to the song, before he was ushered to the podium after Jay Gruden finished talking to reporters.

Jackson didn’t talk very much heading into this matchup, slightly out-of-character for the outspoken former Eagle.

The focus paid off with a win.

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Open Thread: Eagles vs. Washington, Pt. II

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

You’ve heard it plenty over the past six days, but here’s one more go-round: it’s now or never for Chip Kelly and the Eagles as Washington trots in to South Philadelphia, intent on leaving early Sunday morning with its second NFC East title since the turn of the century. For Week 17 to matter, the Birds have to win Saturday night, plain and simple. We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

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NFC East Roundup: Everyone’s Alive, No One’s Good

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

While Chip Kelly‘s team sits in third place in the worst division in the NFL, the Eagles do have life.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover wrote Monday, the Eagles still, somehow, aren’t out of the NFC East race.

It would take herculean effort from the Birds and an impressive collapse from Washington and New York, but then, this division is built on falling apart.

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NFC East Roundup: Greg Hardy, Cowboys Reeling

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

With the bye week upon us, here’s a spin around the rest of the division to catch you up on what’s going on.

The Dallas Cowboys are watching their season crumble from underneath them after yet another loss, writes the Dallas Morning-News’s Rainer Sabin.

The Cowboys are in a freefall and the season is starting to slip away. The latest setback, a 27-20 loss to the Giants, was the latest punch in the gut. Dallas debuted a new quarterback, Matt Cassel, who didn’t do much to impress. He committed three turnovers.

But disaster didn’t arrive until the fourth quarter when ex-Cowboy Dwayne Harris delivered the knockout blow with a 100-yard kickoff return that crushed Dallas and sent defensive end Greg Hardy into a rage.

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Wake-Up Call: Eagles Can’t Sleep on RGIII

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Courtesy of USA Today

You won’t find many pundits backing Washington this week. The Eagles have too much to play for and the Redskins are too much of a mess to not lean towards Philly in this one. That sentiment is reflected in the line, with Vegas making the Eagles 7 ½ -point road favorites.

If there is one variable that has the best chance of knocking this game off course, it’s quarterback play. That is, if Robert Griffin III shines and Mark Sanchez falters, the Eagles could leave FedEx Field with their playoff hopes all but crushed. Read more »

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