There are some important divisional games this weekend, including the headliner between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, the two teams that sit atop of the NFC East standings. So of course, their first meeting of the season may have postseason ramifications.
The New York Giants play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. The Giants will be looking to notch their first win of the year, while the Vikings will trot out Josh Freeman for the first time under center. The Washington Redskins will play the Chicago Bears.
After days of speculation, Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware is now a game-time decision for the game against the Eagles Sunday. Earlier in the week, ESPN reported Ware could be sidelined for upwards of a month. But Ware, who has played in 134 consecutive games, may look to extend that streak to 135 in a pivotal divisional showdown.
The Cowboys received more positive injury news when George Selvie returned to practice on Thursday. The injury report was not as positive for Miles Austin, who missed practice, but is still expected to play. DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar both sat out of practice. They are not likely to suit up on Sunday.
It's been popular to trash Tony Romo over the years. He hasn't had much playoff success, and more often than not the Cowboys are just about a .500 team and, subsequently, a disappointment with the talent up and down their roster. Chip Kelly didn't bash Romo, but instead complimented the quarterback, likening him to one Tom Brady.
"He's similar to Tom Brady in that fashion where they're always moving, always just put themselves in the right position to make the throw at the right time," Kelly said during his Wednesday presser. "When you watch him play the position, it's impressive."
It became official on Thursday: Michael Vick declared himself out this week, meaning Nick Foles will start his second straight game for the Eagles. Last week, the 2012 third-round pick threw for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This go-round, he'll be tested against Dallas' third-ranked defense.
More injury news out of Philly: offensive tackle Jason Peters practiced in full and looks to be a go; as does James Casey, who practice two straight days after missing the Bucs game. Patrick Chung was limited and his status remains up in the air.
The Skins have yet enough tough matchup this week as they take on the new-look Bears. Fortunately for them, Hogs Haven outlined some keys to help them win their game.
1. Capitalize on Jay Cutler's mistakes
2. Don't give up the big return
3. Use formations that allow receivers to get open
4. Contain the screen plays
5. Allow Robert Griffin III to run
Interestingly enough, Cutler is sporting a 12:6 touchdown:interception ratio; he's improved in that department under coach Marc Trestman. And Devin Hester is certainly not the kick returner he used to be. Nos. 3-5 are all good points, especially allowing RGIII to use his legs to open up the defense.
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