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NFC East report: Nicked up Nicks ready for some football

NFC East report: Nicked up Nicks ready for some football

Another day, another missed practice for Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed the bulk of training camp after breaking a bone in his foot back in May. Even though New York s opening week of the NFL season is a short one, what with Wednesdays game against Dallas, the stud receiver says hell be on the field.It's not that its perfect. But it's nothing that is going to stop me from playing, Nicks said, the New York Daily News reports. For all you fantasy players out there, the good news is youll know whether Nicks is active or not and thus can lineup adjustments are possible unlike when players have issues heading into late Sunday or Monday night games. Barring ominous sounding news and even against the Cowboys upgraded corners, feel confident using the top 10 fantasy receiver.Speaking of injuries, the Cowboys are still not sure or at least they are not letting the public know if they are about the status of three key contributors for Wednesdays game. Tight end Jason Witten, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and corner Mike Jenkins all made the trip to New York, but the assumption is the trio will not suit up. One report from over the weekend said based on the standard recovery from a lacerated, Wittens injury of choice as it turns out, the tight end is, extremely unlikely for the game, though the team remains hopeful. Youth is being served in the City of Brotherly Love. Well, at least for Philadelphias football team, the architects of which believe you can go young and still win big. The Eagles enter the season with their youngest roster since 1986.According to CSNphilly.coms Reuben Frank, the Eagles have ten guys are 21 or 22. Another 26 are between 23 and 26. And 12 more are in their late 20s.If it wasnt totally clear before, it is now, Frank writes. The Eagles believe the way to win a Super Bowl is with youth and with energy. With fresh legs and with tons of upside.Frank notes veterans like Asante Samuel, Vince Young and Ronnie Brown are out, kids like corner Brandon Boykin, running back Bryce Brown and quarterback Nick Foles are in.Everywhere they possibly could, the Eagles went young. Everywhere they possibly could, they shed veterans and added some young kid with blazing speed and tons of potential. Add it up, and this is the youngest Eagles team in 26 years."Dont think this is something new. Realize the Eagles top three offensive skill players LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin are all 25 years old or younger.

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Need to Know: Cousins' strong game vs. 49ers goes under the radar

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Need to Know: Cousins' strong game vs. 49ers goes under the radar

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 17, six days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football.

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Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 12
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 19
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 37

Last look at Redskins vs. 49ers

—It’s gotten to a point where a Kirk Cousins game where he completes 67 percent of his passes for 330 yards, 8.9 yards per attempt, and two touchdowns as he did against the 49ers and it’s just another day, not worthy of any special note. But since 1990, a Redskins quarterback has had a line of at least 67 percent completions for 330 yards or more, 8.9 yards or more per attempt, and two or more touchdown passes just four times. Cousins did it earlier this year against the Raiders and he did it against the Packers last year. Brad Johnson also did it in 1999 against the 49ers. Add in the fact that Cousins led a fourth-quarter rally with two drives that produced 10 fourth-quarter points and that he scored the touchdown himself on a seven-yard read option run and you have a very good game that flew under the radar.

—The 49ers came into the game ranked 31st in third-down conversions on offense and on defense. The Redskins ensured that they will stay near the bottom. Washington hit on 50 percent of its third downs, converting seven of 14. Opponents had success on 47.4 percent coming into the game. Defensively the Redskins allowed six of 17, a 35.3 percent success rate, a little better than the 29.7 percent the Niners offense had going in. The 49ers converted just one of their first eight but after C.J. Beathard came in at quarterback they got rolling, converting five of their last nine.

I thought that Mack Brown might be more of a chance to run the ball with Rob Kelley out but that was before we knew that Chris Thompson was going to be the featured back. In fact, Thompson said that he didn’t know that his workload would go up until the night before the game. Back to Brown, he got two yards on two carries. He came in for a handoff on third and one in the second quarter. Perhaps he would have had a chance to do something but he got no blocking on the right side, particularly from tight ends Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed. His chance will have to wait for another day.

—Reed had a quiet day receiving with four catches for 37 yards. He confessed to not being 100 percent last week and his average of 7.9 yards per catch on the season speaks to something not being quite right. He did make a couple of key catches, though. After Thompson got tackled for a loss of nine yards on first down, Reed kept the drive alive with receptions good for 10 and 14 yards. That drive ended with Samaje Perine scoring on a three-yard pass reception for a touchdown to put the Redskins up 14-0. Still, it would be good to see Reed have a breakout game with something like seven receptions for 95 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.

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The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.

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