Here is my weekly Redskins-centric look around the NFL:
—The Cowboys have their bye this weekend, giving them more time to stew in the Dak or Romo controversy. It appears that Prescott is going to start when they get back in action against the Eagles a week from Sunday. But that won’t be the end of the story if (perhaps I should say when) Prescott hits a rookie wall. A couple of losses in a row would have the town and perhaps the team up in arms about whether Romo should return behind center. But for now they are 6-1, a game clear of the Redskins for the division lead, and feeling very confident with a solid running game no matter who is at quarterback.
—The Giants are in the UK this week to play the Rams. The game will be played at Twickenham Stadium, about 10 miles from Wembley Stadium, where the Redskins will play next week. The player to watch, as usual, is Odell Beckham Jr., who may have broken his season-long doldrums with his 66-yard reception for the game-winning touchdown. But there is the customary distraction from what he did on the field, the fact that the Giants were penalized 15 yards because he removed his helmet in celebration after that touchdown. The Rams are coming off of a big game from quarterback Case Keenum in a losing effort in Detroit. Both teams are 3-3 after good starts and neither wants to go into the bye with a losing record.
—I think enough has been said about how shoddy the investigation into the Josh Brown domestic violence case has been, both on the part of the NFL and the Giants organization. I’ll just add that any claim the Giants make to some sort of moral high ground, about doing things “the right way”, is now down in the gutter with everyone else. Don’t forget the team and its fans used to look down their collective noses at teams trying to improve through heavy free agent spending—until last spring, when they celebrated New York’s huge spending spree. So they can stop with air of superiority, nobody is going to buy it. The NFL will have to look elsewhere for a "model" franchise.
—The game of the week in the NFL takes place in Philadelphia, where the Vikings play on the Eagles. I’m not sure that the Vikings are good enough to be 5-0 but they have earned it by giving up just 12.6 points per game. Can the Eagles recover from losing to the Lions and giving up 230 yards on the ground to the Redskins? Philly had an air of invincibility in their first three games, with Carson Wentz getting all sorts of accolades. Now Wentz is looking like a rookie quarterback, albeit a very good one. The Vikings defense is the last one he wants to be facing now..
—We’ll skip the details of my ugly 0-3 record last week (three favorites picked, two outright losers, one spread loser) and move on to what should be better times this week. I’m taking the Vikings giving 2.5 to the Eagles, the Seahawks +2 at Arizona, and the Chiefs at home -6.5 against the Saints.