NFC East Notebook, Nov. 5: Aaron Rodgers factures collarbone

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

News and notes from Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia

It was a successful weekend in the NFC East, as all squads (minus the idle New York Giants) won. And of course, the division race remained a mess.

The Cowboys won in the final moments against the Minnesota Vikings and continue to lead in the standings, but not by much. The Eagles, who rediscovered a rhythm on offense, and the Redskins, who needed overtime to knock off the San Diego Chargers, are not far behind. And the Giants, winners of two straight, are just three wins shy of first place.

Here is the latest from around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas' defense is without its cornerstone, DeMarcus Ware, yet the defensive line is still enjoying success. The likes of George Selvie and Nick Hayden and Everette Brown are making huge plays for the defense and helping the team win games.

Ernie Sims is not one of those "no names," but the veteran linebacker did start Sunday against Minnesota in place of Bruce Carter, and Blogging the Boys isn't pleased. BTB says it's time to bench Sims because he's too aggressive and misses too many tackles. Instead, the site suggests Carter, who made a significant fourth-and-1 stop on Sunday, should return to the startling lineup.

Philadelphia Eagles

Former Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was released Monday by the San Francisco 49ers. Asomugha was anything but a popular figure in Philly after the Eagles paid the corner top dollar for minimal production. Much like his team in Philly, Asomugha had problems making tackles and was repeatedly beaten in coverage.

Good news for the Eagles is they might not to have to see Aaron Rodgers when they face the Green Bay Packers Week 10. Rodgers, who was injured against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, did not return to the game and will miss some time due to a fracture in his collarbone.

Washington Redskins

David Amerson was a terrific surprise for the 'Skins in their overtime victory against the Chargers. The rookie did pick off Philip Rivers, but his best play came in the fourth quarter -- with the game on the line -- made a touchdown-saving tackle on Danny Woodhead in which he didn't allow the pesky back to find the end zone, pushing the game into an extra period.

Korey Lichtensteiger was not terrific or a surprise for Washington. The left guard has been a liability on the Redskins' offensive line has not only been injury plagued, but when he is in the lineup is failing to be a steady producer. Hogs Haven is calling for Lichtensteiger's benching.

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