NFC East Notebook, Dec. 21: London Fletcher calling it a career

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News and notes from Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington

It's a pivotal weekend in the NFC East, as certain outcomes could set up an all-or-nothing, winner-take-all showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys for the division title Week 17.

The Eagles will face the Chicago Bears, who may have to win in order to stay ahead of the Detroit Lions and surging Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. The Cowboys, on the other hand, get to face the circus that is the Redskins.

Here's the latest from around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

Everybody is focused on Tony Romo and the "Romocoaster" since the Dallas quarterback tossed a pair of interceptions against the Packers last Sunday and coughed up the victory.

Not Jim Haslett.

The Redskins' defensive coordinator thinks the media is overlooking all of the games Romo has won for the Cowboys. In fact, Haslett went as a far to use the "E" word, calling Romo one of the league's elite quarterbacks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Romo has the fifth-highest rating among the Cowboys' offensive players, trailing Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray, Travis Frederick and Dez Bryant. The statistics reveal Romo has a +9.7 season grade and ranks 12th among NFL quarterbacks.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly already denied he'd rest his starters if the Eagles-Bears game is meaningless by Sunday night. Marc Trestman has other plans.

The Bears' head coach hinted he would consider resting his starters Week 16 based on how the Lions and Packers fare earlier in the day. Among the players that may sit include Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Jay Cutler, who of course has battled a groin injury for the majority of this season.

Should Marshall and Jeffrey suit up, it's practically impossible to know how Philly will be able to defense arguably the NFL's best receiver tandem. This season, the Eagles' secondary has been up-and-down against top-tier wide receivers.

The Eagles held Calvin Johnson and Kris Durhan, Jordy Nelson and James Jones, and Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon scoreless. In contrast, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Tim Wright, and Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker all gashed them.

Washington Redskins

One of the Skins' best receiving options of the year was rookie tight end Jordan Reed, but news out of Washington this week indicates Reed, who has battled a concussion down the stretch of the year, will be shut down.

Since sustaining a concussion Nov. 17 against Philly, Reed has failed to suit up due to recurring headaches. He finishes his rookie campaign with 45 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

It's a different story for Skins linebacker London Fletcher, who after 16 seasons is 99 percent sure he'll hang up his cleats at year's end.

Fletcher holds the NFL record for consecutive starts by a linebacker (213), has been voted into the Pro Bowl four times and is the league's active leader in games played (250).

The veteran's final game will be Dec. 29 against the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium.

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