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NFC East Update: Cowboys keep rolling, Giants and Redskins falter while Eagles deal with injuries

NFC East Update: Cowboys keep rolling, Giants and Redskins falter while Eagles deal with injuries

We’re now two weeks through the 2019 NFL season, and yes, it’s probably still a little too early to lock-in the fates for each team. With that being said, Week 2 saw some NFC East teams continue both positive and negative trends, while others dealt with some new adversity.

With one-eighth of the NFL season wrapped up, here’s where the NFC East stands: 

NFC EAST UPDATE WEEK 2: 

1. Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

Things have pretty much gone as smooth as possible for Dallas through two weeks. Ezekiel Elliott is back with the team and looking like his dominant self, rushing for 111 yards and a score against the Redskins. Dak Prescott is certainly making a case for his desired new paycheck, putting up 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday while showing his ability to stretch the field and find a plethora of targets in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup (who will miss some time), Jason Witten and more. Behind the new direction of wiz-kid offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Prescott and Elliott are looking like the lethal combo that took the league by storm during their rookie campaigns.

Add that to a stout defense and Dallas looks to be in a position to have plenty of success both in the division and the conference in 2019. A 2-0 start is what all teams strive for, but a 2-0 start with both wins coming against NFC East opponents? It doesn’t get much better than that.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Philadelphia was able to rebound from a slow start in Week 1 against the Redskins to pick up a win, but the same couldn’t be said for Week 2 against the Falcons. Despite rallying late, a final-minute score by Julio Jones and a costly drop from Nelson Agholor dropped the Eagles back to .500.

While waiting until the second half to play better football isn’t the best recipe for success, the bigger concern is the injury bug that stuck in Atlanta. Not only did Carson Wentz have to go through the concussion protocol and deal with what looked like a rib injury, but Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are both expected to miss a little time with injuries as well while defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered a broken foot during the contest. 

The Eagles still have a ton of talent and the ability to be as good as anyone, but we all know how quickly injuries can derail a season.

3. New York Giants (0-2)

Don’t worry Redskins fans, you’re not alone in the bottom of the NFC East. 2019 has not been kind to the Giants so far. At 0-2 and being outscored 63-31, there haven’t been many positives to take away besides Saquon Barkley’s freakish athleticism.

But, Week 3 will bring with it some optimism as the Daniel Jones era is officially set to begin. The No. 6 overall pick impressed in limited preseason action, and now has the opportunity to show that he was worth the selection that so many criticized just a few months ago.

4. Washington Redskins (0-2)

Unlike the Cowboys who are sitting pretty with a 2-0 divisional record, the Redskins are the direct opposite. Now 0-2 after falling to Dallas, things are beginning to spiral in Washington. 

The team once again faltered in the second half on Sunday, and despite Adrian Peterson scoring a historic touchdown, the run game was once again abandoned when the Redskins began trailing. More problems with penalties and some porous defense at times made Sunday’s home opener a long one. To add literal insult to injury, the Redskins injury report continues to get longer. In addition to Jordan Reed and Jonathan Allen dealing with injuries, both Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau were absent on Sunday, leaving the secondary thin.

There is one bright spot for the Redskins, and that’s Terry McLaurin. The rookie receiver followed up a superb debut with another big performance, wracking in five balls for 62 yards and his second touchdown of the season. It happened fast, but the third-round pick seems to be a No.1 option in the offense

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.

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