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NFC East Update: Eagles roll, Giants suffer, and Dallas ends with heartbreak

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NFC East Update: Eagles roll, Giants suffer, and Dallas ends with heartbreak

The Redskins got the weekend off, but plenty of action ensued elsewhere in the NFC East. The Eagles continued to look like the class of the division, and the Giants are clearly in the bottom. Dallas, however, put on a wild show in the afternoon game against the Packers, but ended up just short after Aaron Rodgers pulled an incredible magic trick to win the game in the final minute. 

The biggest news in the division comes from New York, where all-world wideout Odell Beckham seems likely to miss the remainder of the season. It shows how big the Beckham news was to outrank the Cowboys, after what was an incredible game against Green Bay. Here is the NFC East update:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1, 2-0 NFC East) Philly's strong start continues. While the Eagles only impressive win came Week 1 against the Redskins, still, the team is in a firm position in the driver's seat of the division. Against the Cardinals, Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards on 21 of 30 passing and four touchdowns. The Eagles limited Arizona to less than 40 yards rushing. Up next: @ Carolina, Thursday night. 
  2. Washington Redskins (2-2, 0-1 NFC East) Not playing ended up helping the Redskins. Sitting at .500 with a tough slate ahead, Washington will need their players healthy after the bye week. Up next: San Francisco
  3. Dallas Cowboys (2-3, 1-0 NFC East) It looked like the Cowboys pulled off a comeback for the ages against Green Bay, but that was before Rodgers took the Packers down the field for the game winning TD. Dak Prescott and company have now lost two in a row, at home, and the possibility of an extended suspension for star RB Ezekiel Elliott remains in play for Dallas. Up next: Bye week
  4. New York Giants (0-5, 0-2 NFC East) Nobody saw this coming. The Giants are a mess, can't run the ball and their top ranked 2016 defense can't get stops when needed. With the injury to Beckham, it seems harder and harder for Big Blue to turn the season around. At this point, head coach Ben McAdoo needs to be on watch for his job. Think about this:


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Everyone got really emotional after Chris Thompson's terrible leg injury


Everyone got really emotional after Chris Thompson's terrible leg injury

Chris Thompson's play had been probably the brightest spot of the Redskins' 2017 season, one that through 11 weeks had been made up largely of injuries and frustrating inconsistency.

But then, probably the worst-case scenario played out for Washington in their matchup with the Saints, as the star running back was carted off the field in an air cast after having his knee rolled up on on a Kirk Cousins scramble.

In addition to the fact that Thompson is having a sensational year, he's also regarded as the nicest, friendliest guy on the Burgundy. Those two factors made watching him leave in tears really hard, and it caused a lot of people to get pretty emotional. 


Plenty of folks, from teammates to former teammates and others with ties to the NFL, tweeted about the injury after it happened. Here's a sampling:

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Chris Thompson carted off field with leg injury, season could be done


Chris Thompson carted off field with leg injury, season could be done

NEW ORLEANS —The sad scene played out midway through the third quarter as Redskins running back Chris Thompson got carted off the Superdome field.

Thompson appeared to get rolled up on from behind by a Saints defender at the end of a Kirk Cousins run.

The injury looked bad in real time, and much worse on subsequent replays.

Most Washington players stood around Thompson as he got placed on the cart and the medical staff deployed a brace onto his lower right leg. 


Thompson has been Washington's best offensive player this season.

Through nine games, he has accumulated more than 750 total yards and five touchdowns. Thompson leads the NFL in receiving yards by a running back. 

Injuries have been hitting the Redskins hard this season, and it seems Thompson will miss significant time. FOX analyst Troy Aikman wondered if Thompson's season was all but over.