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NFC East Update: Even with huge win, Eagles might have had worst week

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NFC East Update: Even with huge win, Eagles might have had worst week

The Eagles achieved the best measure of NFC East success, winning the division with a victory over the Rams last Sunday in Los Angeles. Despite that achievement, Philadelphia also suffered the worst loss in the division when second-year star quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury.

As great as their first NFC East title since 2013 is for the Eagles, the injury to Wentz is much more significant. Philadelphia had a real shot at winning the Super Bowl, and without their MVP candidate passer, those chances take a big hit.

Backup QB Nick Foles could prove capable, he had regular season success with the Eagles in 2013, but only the most optimistic Broad Street resident would maintain the same expectations going from Wentz to Foles. 

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Here's the NFC East roundup:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-2, 4-0) - The Eagles are one of the best teams in football, and their defense is a big part of their success. Now, the formula must change from a Wentz led attack to defensive football with a heavy run game. Philadelphia has the horses to do it in running backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, but seeing that in action will be the next step.
  2. Dallas Cowboys (7-6, 4-1) - Winners of two straight division games, the Cowboys are fighting back into Wild Card contention. After adjusting to life without Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott is rounding back into form and played well last week in a win in New York. With three games left to play, Elliott only has one game left on his suspension. The Cowboys play Oakland on Sunday night without their star RB, and he will return for their final two games against Seattle and a season finale in Philadelphia, a game the Eagles might have nothing to play for. 
  3. Washington Redskins (5-8, 1-4) - When Washington fans thought the blowout loss to the Cowboys would be the low point of the season, they thought wrong. The Redskins flew to California and got stomped by the surging Chargers in a game that was never close. Now, questions are emerging about shakeups in the coaching staff, the front office, and even at quarterback. Things are unraveling in Washington, and the Redskins desperately need a win this Sunday to calm things down. Playing at home against Arizona, the opportunity is there. Can the Redskins take advantage?
  4. New York Giants (2-11, 0-4) - A miserable season just won't end in New York. The Giants fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese after benching Eli Manning, and while that was probably the right move, it didn't help on the field. The Giants are a flat out mess, and at some point will probably give third-round draft pick Davis Webb a shot at QB. 

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After suffering from concussions, Su'a Cravens cleared for football

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After suffering from concussions, Su'a Cravens cleared for football

Stopped before it ever started, 2017 proved a disappointing season for the Redskins and Su'a Cravens. 

Selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Cravens played his rookie year at linebacker before a position switch to safety in his second season. A more natural position fit, expectations were high for Cravens in 2017. 

Things derailed when Cravens suffered an injury in training camp. From there, the young player landed on the inactive list for the regular season opener. Questions began to bubble up about his role with the organization, and things popped Week 2 in Los Angeles. Cravens was seen speaking with Redskins VP Doug Williams on the sideline of a USC college football game, and a few days later, landed on the reserve/left squad list, effectively ending his year.

On Tuesday, Cravens' agent Fadde Mikhail released the following statement:

Cravens began working with Collins in September, soon after the Redskins moved him to the reserve list, per a source. Cravens suffered a concussion his rookie year that caused him to miss multiple games.

The statement brings plenty of questions, as the team did not previously disclose that Cravens dealt with head injuries in 2017. His training camp injury was a meniscus tear. 

Between placing the second-year star out of USC on the reserve/injured list and now this statement, it seems hard that the Redskins will be able to reconcile with Cravens to get him back on the team in 2018. 

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

If the Redskins truly need to evaluate Kirk Cousins over the final half of the 2017 season, the quarterback did himself no favors on Sunday. 

Cousins played his worst game of the year against the Chargers, and it's not even close. Nobody played well for the Redskins, save for maybe punter Tress Way, but Cousins performed particularly poor against his baseline for the season. 

He delivered his lowest yardage total (151 pass yards), completion percentage (55 percent) and QB rating (68) of the year, and by a wide margin. Cousins missed throws high and long, and again seemed to struggle to hold onto the ball while getting hit. 

The good news for Cousins, however, is since being named starter in 2015, there haven't been many performances like this. Generally, Cousins is never this bad, and maybe that's why the performance in L.A. stands out so much. 

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"I’m not here to throw stones at anybody on the offense, I know from what we expect offensively, it wasn’t even close to what we want or what we should look like from an efficiency standpoint," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday. 

At this point, the evolving contract situation between the Redskins and Cousins clouds everything going on with the team. In just three more games, Cousins will again be a free agent, and team president Bruce Allen will need to decide if the team will use a transition tag, a franchise tag, get a long-term deal done or let their quarterback walk. 

The tags carry a tremendous salary cap hit, though a long-term deal will probably do the same. Letting Cousins walk carries a possible severe penalty, but not on the salary cap. 

Over the past 10 days, national analysts have begun to question Cousins' leadership skills, and Dan Patrick even suggested Redskins' receivers don't like Cousins as their quarterback. The assertion came that Cousins throws too many dangerous passes for his wideouts, causing big hits. 

Whether or not that assertion is true, Cousins did throw multiple high passes over the middle against the Chargers. Those are the exact passes that cause big hits on receivers. 

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It's worth pointing out almost every QB does that to some degree. For his part, Cousins said that certainly it was not intentional.

"I’m sure I’ve led people into traffic. I know I led Pierre Garcon into some big hits in the past, but I think it also is a part of playing the receiver position and it’s tough," Cousins said on 106.7 the Fan on Monday.

Asked specifically about the high passes, Gruden only talked about inaccuracy. 

"He was not quite as accurate as he has been, obviously," the coach said. "He missed some throws that he normally makes. He threw behind a couple of guys on some deep balls and he threw a couple over some guys’ heads from time to time."

It's hard to think one game could sway the opinions of the Redskins front office about their quarterback. If one game could, however, it could have been Cousins' performance against the Chargers.

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