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A Look Around The NFC East

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Currently holding the first place position in the NFC East at 3-0, the Eagles are headed into an early bye week. The rest of the NFC East - the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins - have already faced each other this season. It's time to take a look at what's going on in the division.

New York Giants (2-1)

After 12 years and two Super Bowl victories, the Giants parted ways with their former head coach, Tom Coughlin, after the 2015 season. Now under the command of head coach Ben McAdoo, the Giants opened up the season with a 20-19 division win over the Cowboys and followed that with a 16-13 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins handed them their first loss last Sunday, defeating the team at home, 29-27.

Through three games, quarterback Eli Manning is 76-of-107 for 925 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is the team's top target with 19 receptions for 280 yards. Although still without a touchdown, Beckham continues to dominate by averaging 14.7 yards per catch. Rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard is making an impressive start as well and currently sits as the second leading receiver for the Giants. Shepard has 16 receptions for 233 yards with two touchdowns.

On deck for the Giants, they have two tough NFC primetime faceoffs. New York will visit the Vikings on Monday Night Football and then travel to Green Bay to go up against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. That leaves them with the Ravens and the Rams before heading into their bye week. The Giants will meet the Eagles in Week 9, coming in fresh off of their bye week. 

Dallas Cowboys (2-1)

Quarterback Tony Romo was looking forward to this season as a chance to make up for what he had missed last year due to a broken clavicle bone, until Week 3 of the 2016 preseason when he suffered yet another injury against the Seahawks. This time, however, it wasn't a broken clavicle bone, but a broken back bone.

Since his exit, rookie Dak Prescott has filled the void effectively. The quarterback currently has a 93.3 passer rating and has 99 attempts without an interception. Prescott threw his first NFL touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant, a 17-yard completion in the fourth quarter against the Bears. Bryant's status is something to keep an eye on as the Cowboys announced that the Pro Bowl wideout has a hairline fracture of his knee this week.

Rookie Ezekiel Elliott, selected two spots behind quarterback Carson Wentz, has taken over as the team's leading rusher with 274 yards picked up on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Elliott is ranked second in the league in rushing, tied with Cleveland's Isaiah Crowell going into Week 4.

While the offense is making noise, it's been a quiet start for the team's defense. At the moment, the Cowboys' defense is ranked 22nd in yards allowed per game (379.3).

In Week 4, the Cowboys head west to take on the San Francisco 49ers (1-2). They won't see their bye week until Week 7, preparing them for the Week 8 matchup against the Eagles.

Washington Redskins (1-2)

Despite winning the NFC East in 2015, the Redskins have struggled out of the gate this season.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has gone 79-of-124 for 989 yards, second most in the NFL to Drew Brees entering this week. However, the Redskins still opened up the season with two consecutive losses. Washington first fell to Pittsburgh in its season opener, 38-16. Going scoreless in the second quarter, Pittsburgh was able to pull ahead by eight points and there was no catching up.

After falling to the Cowboys the following week, the Redskins knew they had to kick it in gear. Their first win of the season was a comeback game against the NFC East-rival Giants last Sunday. With 1:55 left in the game, Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins sealed the win with a 37-yard field goal. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson led Washington's receivers with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins' defense held New York to only a field goal in the fourth quarter and gave the offense enough time to squeeze out the victory. Having already faced two of its three NFC East opponents, the Cowboys and the Giants, Washington is looking foreard to competing against the Browns in Week 4. Now with their first win of the season under their belt, the Redskins may be able to find rhythm to get things moving. With a Week 9 bye, the Redskins have a packed schedule facing the Browns, Ravens, Eagles, Lions and Bengals before they can regroup before the second half of their season.

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