Yeah, it's a sweep, folks, and not a good kind of sweep. For the second time in the past 14 regular-season NFL weeks, the NFC East went a combined 0-4 for the week. The Eagles' lackluster "Monday Night Football" flop in New Orleans sealed the deal for a division whose combined record, counting the playoffs and the Giants' Super Bowl win, is 49-53 since the start of the 2011 season. Those are cold, hard numbers, folks. Our division is a one-team show right now, and the standings show it. Now, to the links:
New York Giants (6-3)
Interesting to see what tweaks the Giants will make on offense this week. Last week they switched David Diehl back in at right tackle for Sean Locklear, and Tom Coughlin said he thought Diehl "did OK." They also switched some things up at receiver, taking Victor Cruz off the field and putting Rueben Randle in on two-wide receiver sets. Whatever it is that's wrong, one thing of which you can be sure is that the Giants' coaching staff won't sit by and hope for it to fix itself.
The other thing of which you can be sure is that no amount of tinkering will matter if Eli Manning doesn't break out of what even he must now admit is a pretty bad slump.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
What's wrong with the Eagles? Reueben Frank says it's pretty simple: "No pride, no heart, no character." This thing is over in Philadelphia. And honestly, going all the way back to the beginning of last year, I'm not sure it ever even got started.
Right tackle Todd Herremans left the game with an ankle injury, which means left guard Evan Mathis is the only one of the Eagles' five preseason-projected starting offensive linemen currently healthy. You watched last night. You see how bad it is in front of Michael Vick. It's not about to get better.
Dallas Cowboys (3-5)
Todd Archer writes that Jason Garrett is auditioning for his job again, just as he did in 2010, and that he and the Cowboys will need a repeat of that year's second-half performance if he wants to keep it.
DeMarco Murray's foot is feeling better, but his status for Sunday's game against the Eaglesremains uncertain. The Cowboys' running game could use it some Murray.
Washington Redskins (3-6)
Mike Shanahan says he's not going to change defensive coordinators, and you know where I stand on this. Unless a theoretical Jim Haslett replacement would bring with him a couple of NFL-caliber starting safeties and maybe a cornerback, I'm not sure how that person could really improve things.
Dan Daly writes that the "new normal" for Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is about the drudgery of losing and dealing with the struggles of the group around him. Daly says he feels sorry for the young man.