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NFC East Update: Why does Vegas like Cowboys more than Redskins?

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NFC East Update: Why does Vegas like Cowboys more than Redskins?

The Redskins lost a heartbreaker in Kansas City, but if the team's performance over their last two games indicates their hopes for the season, the playoffs look to be in sight.

At 2-2, Washington remains a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, though the Burgundy and Gold are tied with the Cowboys. The Giants continue to find new lows, dropping to a shocking 0-4. 

Perhaps the most bizarre twist of the early season is that betting markets remain higher on Dallas than they are the Redskins. Bovada.lv released odds earlier this week that had the Eagles the favorite to win the division, the Cowboys second and the Redskins in third. 

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On the surface, the Redskins and Cowboys look similar. Both have two wins and two losses and have scored just over 90 points for the season. Dig a little deeper, however, and Washington's wins are much more impressive. The Redskins beat the Rams on the road, a team Dallas lost to at home. The Cowboys other win also came at home against the struggling Giants. The Redskins thumped the Raiders at home, and nearly beat the Chiefs on the road. 

The Redskins defense has been far more impressive than the Cowboys, and both offenses appear capable of moving the ball. Injuries do appear to be mounting up for Washington, and perhaps oddsmakers are weighing that heavily. 

Here is the NFC East update:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1, 1-0 NFC East) - The Eagles strong start to the season continued with a narrow win on the road against the Chargers in Week 4. Philly has the best point differential in the division at +11. Up next: Arizona
  2. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, 1-0 NFC East) - Coming off a tough home loss to the Rams, the Cowboys remain ahead of the 'Skins due to their division win in Week 1 over the Giants. Working with a negative point differential, the dominant Dallas run game of 2016 ranks in the middle of the pack so far in 2017 at 14th with 114 yards-per-game. Up next: Green Bay
  3. Washington Redskins (2-2, 0-1 NFC East) - Moral victories don't help in the playoff race. The Redskins have a top 10 rush game and a positive point differential, with an important week of rest to get healthy. Up next: Bye
  4. New York Giants (0-4, 0-2 NFC East) - Hard to believe but it already seems the Giants are out of the playoff race. New York would need to run off a number of wins, which will be tough to pull off given the current state of their offense. The Giants are 31st in the league in both rush yards per game and points per game. Up next: Chargers

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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

A few weeks ago, running backs coach Randy Jordan floated a hypothetical out to his unit: If you could start a franchise with any guy, who would you pick?

Rob Kelley's answer was Adrian Peterson. And as fate would have it, Peterson is now a part of Kelley's franchise, a fact that has the third-year back floored. 

"I was kind of amazed," Kelley said on Tuesday, which was Peterson's first day as a 'Skin. "I have a opportunity to play with Adrian Peterson, it feels surreal."

Kapri Bibbs' reaction was much of the same.

"It's amazing having him in the building," he told reporters. "I couldn't hope for anything better."

Samaje Perine wasn't in a position to speak to the media by the time the locker room was closed, but at least in the eyes of Kelley and Bibbs, Peterson's arrival is something to embrace. It's not too often you get to go through drills and meetings with a guy who's going to have a bust in Canton sometime soon.

"I don't think there really is a cap to that," Bibbs answered when asked what he's hoping to pick up from Washington's new No. 26. "There's not too much you can learn from him."

"I got him here, what can I learn from him?" Kelley said in reponse to a similar question. "What can I gain from this situation? How can I make myself a better player by watching him?"

Bibbs revealed that Peterson is already "spilling information" to him, which lines up with Peterson saying at the podium in Ashburn he wants to come in and be a positive influence on the rest of the group.

However, Peterson also said in his presser that he "without a doubt" wants to be the starter, and if that does eventually happen, it'll come at the expense of someone else's spot on the roster or someone else's reps in a game, whether that be a Kelley, a Bibbs or a Perine.

That's not something that bothers two of the options already in the Burgundy and Gold's backfield, though.

"I'm always gonna come in every single day, regardless," Bibbs said when Peterson's resume and talents were brought up as something that could pressure him.

Kelley isn't stressed, either.

"Right now, I'm just putting my head down and working and trying to get better."

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Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Adrian Peterson wants to be a good teammate, but he also made clear that he came to the Redskins to compete for the starting running back job. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said when asked if he wanted to start. "And I would be cheating myself if that wasn't my approach."

The legendary running back is right, of course. 

Elite athletes always want to be at the top, and that drive is what gets them there. Peterson has run for nearly 12,000 yards in his NFL career, and that doesn't happen by accident.

Coming to Washington presents a different challenge for Peterson. 

Unsigned until August 20th, Peterson ran for a career low 3.4 yards-per-carry last season in split time between the Saints and Cardinals. It's no sure thing he even makes the roster, let alone starts for the Redskins on September 9 when the season begins. 

Peterson, however, is confident he has more left in his legs. 

"I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game."

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