AP Updated 10:34 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 If the Dallas Cowboys are for real, they will win their sixth straight game and clinch the NFC East at Indianapolis on Sunday. If the Colts are for real, they will knock off the Cowboys and stamp themselves as true contenders for the AFC playoffs. With three games remaining, Dallas (8-5) is in control of its division, thanks to a staunch defense and a revived air game with the addition of Amari Cooper. Has any veteran been more worth a first-round draft pick in a midseason trade? "I didn't know we were going to get all that, honestly,'" says NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott about Cooper, acquired from Oakland. "But when I finally saw him in person, when I saw him catch the ball, I saw him run around and run after the catch, that's when I really realized he's truly special." A Cowboys win does the trick in the NFC East, as would losses by Philadelphia and Washington. Dallas has almost no chance at a first-round playoff bye, though. So what? … [Read more...] about Cowboys can prove they are real by grabbing NFC East title
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Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 11:29 PM EST Dec 3, 2018 PHILADELPHIA — Well, it wasn’t pretty. But a win’s a win. Facing a make-or-break situation entering the final month of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a 28-13 victory over the Washington Redskins, who as losers of three straight are reeling while plagued by major injuries. Here are three things that we learned in this contest. 1. It’s not a good year to be a Redskins QB: Two weeks after losing Alex Smith to a broken fibula and tibia, the Washington Redskins lost Colt McCoy for the remainder of the season to a fractured right fibula. McCoy suffered the injury early in the second quarter and made way for Mark Sanchez, who signed with the team just two weeks ago. Sanchez, who hadn’t played a down of football since Jan. 1, 2017, had a pretty feeble Redskins debut (13-for-21 for 100 yards and an interception and a 53.7 quarterback rating). And just like that, Washington’s … [Read more...] about Monday Night Football: Eagles topple Redskins in key NFC East matchup
Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 6:12 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 Though the jewel of Week 11 — a fascinating matchup of two 9-1 teams in the Chiefs and the Rams — would have to wait for Monday night, there was still plenty of action to sort through in Week 11. On Sunday, there were four division games, nine games decided by one score, six second-half comebacks, plenty of touchdowns, and one devastating injury that could sink a team’s playoff hopes. But since no team in the league has clinched a playoff spot yet, the stakes remain high across the NFL with a month and a half of regular season left to play. Here are the winners and losers from Sunday’s slate of games. Winners Dallas Cowboys: They might have just saved their season. The Cowboys battled back on the road to topple the Falcons, 22-19, on a game-winning field goal. Now, they sit at 5-5 and in second place in the NFC East. And, if they beat the Redskins on Thanksgiving, they’ll be tied atop the … [Read more...] about NFL Week 11 winners, losers: Dallas Cowboys in NFC East contention
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 8:10 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Most NFL teams have reached halftime of their 2018 season. It's a natural point to re-evaluate priorities and make adjustments. With that in mind, here's one major question each club faces moving forward: AFC Baltimore Ravens: Is the future near? After a promising 3-1 start, they sit at 4-4 with the division-leading Steelers coming to town. We know GM Ozzie Newsome is winding down, so it seems unlikely that rookie QB Lamar Jackson would replace Joe Flacco until this club's postseason possibilities are officially exhausted. Right? Buffalo Bills: How do they help Josh Allen? An unpolished prospect carrying a franchise's hopes on his howitzer arm deserves better. Before sustaining a Week 6 elbow injury, Allen was regularly running for his life while relying on a 30-year-old running back (LeSean McCoy) as his primary weapon. Allen's development could be in serious jeopardy without a major course correction. Cincinnati Bengals: … [Read more...] about NFL: One question for every team in second half of 2018 season
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 9:25 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 The NFC East is shaping up as a three-team race, and Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins matchup will put one of those clubs in first place. The Eagles could take a share of the lead if they beat Carolina and Dallas wins. Our group of NFL experts foresees that as a likely scenario, with all five picking Philadelphia, and three predicting America's Team to win in the Nation's Capital. If you're looking for a trend, though, good luck. Washington and Dallas are the only teams in the league that have alternated wins and losses throughout this season, though one of them will string together victories for the first time in Week 7. The other game with the most variance among our panelists is Detroit — the Lions are coming off a bye — at Miami, where the Dolphins will start Brock Osweiler for the second straight Sunday. … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Week 7 NFL picks: Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles atop NFC East?