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NFC East Update: Only 4 weeks in but the Redskins hold 1st place

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NFC East Update: Only 4 weeks in but the Redskins hold 1st place

Through four weeks of the 2018 NFL season, the Redskins lead the NFC East. This is not a drill. The Redskins have sole possession of first place in the NFC East. 

Be wary though, as it could be fool's gold. For one thing, Washington had a very early bye. The team got Week 4 off while the rest of the division played, and most lost. 

Still, enjoy it, Redskins fans. Your squad is in the lead. Here's how it all stacks up. 

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Jay Gruden's squad got a very early week off, but it came at a good time for a number of offensive players. Trent Williams had bursa sac surgery during the bye week and Adrian Peterson is working back from a big hit to the lower leg. Every game in the NFL is big, but the 'Skins get a chance to return to the scene of their toughest loss of the 2017 season next Monday night. The defense will need a superior effort to beat the Saints, but Gruden believes his team will have no problem being motivated for Monday night in the Big Easy. 

Up next: Oct. 8th @ New Orleans

Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

Survivor Pools took a beating across the country as the Eagles lost to the Titans on Sunday. In just his second game back from a major knee injury, Carson Wentz was asked to throw the ball 50 times in a contest Philly couldn't get their run game going. Wentz did well, but the Eagles defense couldn't stop the Titans on a ridiculous overtime drive that lost the defending Super Bowl champs the game. It's far too early to worry about the Eagles, and they're still the favorite to win the NFC East, but this was a bad loss. 

Up Next: Oct. 7th vs Minnesota

Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

The Cowboys moved to .500 on the season with a solid 26-24 win over the Lions last week, but still have a -10 point differential on the season. Dak Prescott had his best game of the year beating the Lions, throwing for more than 200 yards for the first time this season. If, and it's a big if, the Dallas offense can move the ball like it did against Detroit, the Cowboys could compete for the division. Hard to expect that though until it happens for a few games in a row. 

Up next: Oct. 7th @ Houston 

New York Giants (1-3)

Things look bad for Big Blue. The Giants got drubbed at home by the Saints, Odell Beckham looked upset on the sideline, and Eli Manning looks old. The questions about taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2 in the NFL Draft will only continue to grow, and the offensive line does not seem capable of helping the team. Barring a big change, and soon, New York could be in rebuild mode. Through four games, Giants have a -22 point differential. 

Up next: Oct. 7th @ Carolina

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Derrius Guice deletes Twitter, Instagram after domestic violence charges

Derrius Guice deletes Twitter, Instagram after domestic violence charges

Derrius Guice has deleted his presence on social media after he was arrested on charges of domestic abuse Friday. 

His Twitter and Instagram handle, “DhaSickest,” now shows an error page that the accounts don't exist. Guice was prominent on both websites and routinely interacted with fans.

Often he would post opportunities to meet up. Of all player accounts on the Washington Football Team, he was clearly one of the most engaging. 

Guice was charged with one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count destruction of property on Friday afternoon. Washington released Guice nearly immediately after the incident became public. 

Guice was set to join a crowded backfield in Washington with Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love and Antonio Gibson as competition for touches.  

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A timeline of RB Derrius Guice's career in Washington

A timeline of RB Derrius Guice's career in Washington

The Washington Football Team released Derrius Guice on Friday after the running back turned himself in to authorities on domestic violence charges.

Here's how we got here...

April 2018: Washington selects Guice in the second round (No. 58 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. Guice was considered one of the best running backs in the class, but unsourced, unspecified character concerns caused him to slip into the second round.

August 9, 2018: In his first NFL preseason game, Guice landed awkwardly on his left knee, forcing him to leave the game. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprained MCL, but his MRI revealed that the running back had torn his left ACL. 

August 10, 2018: Guice is placed on Injured Reserve, ending his rookie season before it even began.

July 13, 2019: The running back suffered a setback in his rehab, making his return for the start of training camp questionable. Despite the setback, Guice did not seem too concerned.

August 13, 2019: As Washington prepares for its second preseason game, then-head coach Jay Gruden announces that Guice is still not ready to participate in full-contact activities.

August 22, 2019: After a year-plus absence, Guice makes his return to the field in a preseason clash against the Atlanta Falcons, and impressed in limited action.

September 2, 2019: Following roster cuts, Gruden says he thinks Washington's offense will "go through" Guice.

September 8, 2019: Guice makes his NFL debut, carrying the ball 10 times for 18 yards in Washington's 32-27 loss to Philadelphia. 

September 9, 2018: News emerged that Guice tore his right meniscus during Washington's Week 1 loss. 

September 13, 2019: After undergoing knee surgery earlier in the week, Washington placed Guice on Injured Reserve. He missed the team's next eight games as a result.

November 17, 2019: Guice returns to Washington's active roster for the team's Week 11 contest against the Jets. In Washington's blowout loss, quarterback Dwayne Haskins connected with Guice on a 45-yard touchdown, the first score of his career.

December 1, 2019: Guice turns in the best outing of his career, rushing 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Washington's victory over the Carolina Panthers.

December 8, 2019: After an impressive first half against the Green Bay Packers, Guice was forced to leave the game early with another knee injury.

December 10, 2019: An MRI reveals that Guice has a sprained MCL, the same knee he tore his ACL in the year prior. Washington rules him out for their Week 15 contest versus Philadelphia.

December 10, 2019: Washington places Guice on Injured Reserve, ending his season. 

February 5, 2020: Guice explains that he's frustrated by the "soft" label, explains he has to keep going and prove people wrong.

June 18, 2020: As Guice gears up for his third NFL season, the running back posts a video of himself squatting 585 pounds and looking fully healthy. 

July 27, 2020: As Washington begins training camp amid the pandemic, good news emerges that Guice is fully healthy and cleared to play.

July 31, 2020: In a media session with local reporters, Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan praises Guice and is eager to see what he can do in a full 16-game season.

August 7, 2020: Guice turns himself in to local authorities on domestic violence charges.

August 7, 2020: Washington releases Guice.

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