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Redskins get help with Giants loss


Redskins get help with Giants loss

The Redskins got some help in their quest for the NFC East title. Now they just have to go out tomorrow night and take full advantage of it. If they don't, they will find themselves in a three-way tie for the division lead and just a game out of last place. 

The Giants, who started the day tied with the Redskins for first place in the division, lost to the Jets 23-20 in overtime. The G-Men blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall tied the game at 20 with 27 seconds left.

The Jets won the toss and drove for a field goal, meaning the Giants needed a field goal to extend the game. But Josh Brown missed his first field goal of the year, this one from 48 yards out, to hand the win to the Jets.

The game will carry some lingering controversy. With the Giants up 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, Tom Coughlin decided to go for it on fourth and two at the Jets four. Eli Manning’s pass was picked off and the Jets were still alive trailing by 10.

In the late game, the Eagles moved into a second-place tie with the Giants by stunning the Patriots 35-28 in Foxborough. Philly racked up 21 points by returning a punt, an interception, and a blocked punt for touchdowns. A late fumble gave them a scare but they were able to survive a late attempt Tom Brady attempt to pull out a miracle. 

The Eagles and Giants are both 5-7. The 5-6 Redskins hold a half game lead in the NFC East pending their Monday nigh game against the 3-8 Cowboys. A Redskins win would give them sole possession of the division lead with four games left to play. With a loss they would be in a three-way tie for the division lead with the Cowboys in fourth place but just a game out of the lead. 


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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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