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Morning in the East, where the Giants have managed to maintain the cushion of daylight between themselves and their closest competitors with five games left to play. Read more in today's edition of... links.
New York Giants (7-4)
ESPN Stats & Information finds three things Eli Manning did better in Sunday night's victory than he'd done in the previous three games in which he'd failed to throw a touchdown pass. He threw inside the numbers better, was better on third down and was just about perfect from the shotgun. Oh, and he also passed Phil Simms to become the Giants' all-time leader with 200 touchdown passes.
Ahmad Bradshaw remembers getting his first shot at significant playing time when running back Derrick Ward broke his fibula. After Andre Brown broke his Sunday night, Bradshaw made sure to tell rookie running back David Wilson that his opportunity was now presenting itself. It'll be interesting to see how this works, since Wilson is a different type of runner than Brown is. He makes sense as a change-of-pace back for Bradshaw, and could offer more explosiveness than they've had in the running game. But he's unlikely to replace Brown as the goal-line masher.
Washington Redskins (5-6)
The Giants' result obviously didn't help the Redskins' chances of winning their division. But the results of many of the other games involving NFC playoff contenders Sunday did improve their chances of sneaking into this year's playoffs via the wild-card route. Of course the Redskins will have to keep winning if they want to get into the discussion, but their mathematical opportunity is reaching the point at which it's worth dreaming.
Robert Griffin III hung around in Texas after beating the Cowboys on Thursday, and Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post stuck around with him. Dave's got a must-read account of RG3's busy and emotional homecoming holiday weekend.
Dallas Cowboys (5-6)
Contrary to what some people sometimes ask me about him, Tony Romo isn't thinking about getting out of Dallas. He's invested in the Cowboys' success, short-term and long-term, and he's got his eye on some things the team can do better for his own sake and that of the big Cowboys picture.
Calvin Watkins writes that the issue for the Cowboys has less to do with the apparent ease of their remaining schedule than it does with the way they handled (or didn't handle) the tough middle portion of their schedule.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-7)
How did things go so wrong for the 2012 Eagles and coach Andy Reid? Phil Sheridan writes that Reid is a man undone by a long list of his own mistakes.
Reuben Frank heard what Kurt Coleman said last week about the Eagles having the "best back-end group" in the NFL, and it's safe to say Reuben's not buying it. In fact, Reuben has numbers -- as Reuben always does -- that say the Eagles' secondary is one of the worst in NFL history. Which would, you know, contradict Coleman's opinion just a bit.
Morning in the East, where the Giants have managed to maintain the cushion of daylight between themselves and their closest competitors with five games left to play.