NFC East Notebook, Dec. 10: Redskins in disarray

Patrick McDermott

News and notes from Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington.

There was a blizzard in Philly, a blowout in Chicago, a dream crushed in San Diego and a flood still taking place in D.C.

Welcome to the NFC East.

After beating the Lions in the snow, and following the Bears' rout of the Boys on Monday Night Football, the Eagles have taken over sole possession of first place in the division. Elsewhere, the Bolts ended the New York Giants' postseason hopes. And in the nation's capital, there's a power struggle between owner, head coach and quarterback, and it seems as if Mike Shanahan's days are numbered.

Here's the latest from around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys were whipped by the Chicago Bears in primetime Monday night, as Josh McCown and his receiving corps proved to be too much for the shaky Cowboys defense.

So let the annual "Tony Romo can't play in December" talks resume.

Adding insult to injury, standout linebacker Sean Lee re-injured his neck. Dwayne Harris aggravated his hamstring injury, and Bruce Carter hurt his hamstring as well.

Of course, Dallas controls its own destiny. Should the Cowboys win out -- which means a defeat of the Eagles Week 17 -- then they will earn an NFC East title.

Philadelphia Eagles

A snowy Lincoln Financial Field couldn't hold back LeSean McCoy Sunday, as the Eagles back tallied 217 yards and a pair of scores, breaking Steve Van Buren's single-game rushing yard record. And now, McCoy's gear is heading to Canton.

Speaking of running backs, the Eagles will look to maintain its spot atop the division standings when they face a Minnesota Vikings offense that could be short both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart on Sunday.

Peterson and Gerhart are both dealing with leg injuries, with the former suffering a mid-foot sprain against the Baltimore Ravens that knocked him out of the game. Gerhart apparently tweaked his hamstring later on in that game.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins won't earn a spot in the playoffs this season, but the team has earned the top spot in USA TODAY Sports' rankings of the most hopeless NFL franchises.

Washington earned the dishonor over No. 5 Houston, No. 4 Buffalo, No. 3 Oakland and No. 2 Minnesota, largely due to the lack of leadership in the organization. And because of the sophomore slumps, there is a lot more uncertainty surrounding Robert Griffin III.

And after one year atop the NFC East and in the playoffs, Hogs Haven announced the Redskins are back "to the bad ol' days."

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