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A tight race in the NFC East?

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A tight race in the NFC East?

Will the NFC East be a lot tighter than most observers think this year? The number crunchers at Football Outsiders think that it will be.The put out their 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac earlier this month and among the many interesting nuggets contained in the book (PDF version available now, Im waiting for the Kindle version) is a projection of the NFC East wins. It is safe to say that their prediction is quite unlike youre going to find on ESPN or in Street and Smiths or whatever your newsstand preseason magazine of choice is.Basically, FO projects a repeat of 2011 with the division champ again posting a single-digit win total. Here is what the project (via Blogging the Boys):Teamwins
Eagles8.6
Giants8.3
Cowboys7.5
Redskins6.8If you round those to the nearest whole numbers here are their projected standingsEagles 9-7
Giants 8-8
Cowboys 8-8 (or 7-9)
Redskins 7-9Under this scenario with just two games separating first place from last, the Redskins would have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs with some good fortune on their end and a bit of bad luck on the part of the Eagles and Giants.Still, it would not be a good idea to catch the next flight to Vegas and put the mortgage money on the Redskins chances. They projected the Eagles at 11.7 wins last year and we all know that the Dream Team did not have a dream season as Philly went 8-8. They were in the ballpark with the other teams in the division, however, projecting 8.2 for the Giants (actual total 9 wins), 7.7 for Dallas (8 actual) and 5.6 for the Redskins (5 actual).

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

Apparently, 'Kirk' Cousins left New Orleans a little bit later than the rest of the team.

On top of that, he managed to quickly get the starting job for New Orleans' NBA franchise and then got ejected in his first career start.

At least that is how one newspaper reported the Pelicans vs. Thunder match-up on Monday evening.

Kirk Cousins was ejected for raising his elbows near Russell Westbrook's face - resulting in a flagrant foul that knocked Westbrook to the floor holding his head - in the Pelicans' 114-107 win over the visiting Thunder.

No, the real Kirk Cousins, who is quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is not still in New Orleans. No, Cousins did not make an NBA team, nor did he get into an altercation with Russell Westbrook. He is back home preparing for the Thanksgiving night match-up against the New York Giants.

If you haven't gotten it by now, it was meant to be DeMarcus Cousins.

Quite simply, whoever created this blurb may have assisted in some way with coverage of the Washington vs. New Orleans game this past Sunday. 

Normally, this mistake largely goes unnoticed and there may or may not be an editor's note in the next day's edition. The real Kirk Cousins, though, got a copy of it and had some fun.

No harm, no foul, although DeMarcus Cousins would probably appreciate one less ejection going on his record. 

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