It's another important week in the NFC East. The division-leading Dallas Cowboys (4-3) take on another NFC contender in the Detroit Lions (4-3), a team also vying for a division crown. The Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) and New York Giants (1-6) square off for the second time this month, and Michael Vick will be back just in time for this one.
Coming off of a fourth-quarter triumph over the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins (2-4) will become the final NFC East squad to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Denver, of course, is just a week removed from its first loss of the season, and the Skins will have to travel to Mile High to face what seemingly will be a very angry Broncos team.
Middle linebacker Sean Lee earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering a game-high 11 tackles, an interception and a tackle for a loss against the Eagles last week.
Lee wasn't the only linebacker in the news, though. DeMarcus Ware did not practice Wednesday and remains unlikely to suit up for the Lions this Sunday. However, running back DeMarco Murray did participate in practice. The news is especially encouraging and likely means he'll be ready for a role this week.
The Cowboys get the Lions this week, but they'll get the Jaguars next year ... in London. The NFL announced there will be three games played across the pond in 2014, including Dallas-Jacksonville.
Vick hasn't played for Philadelphia since the team faced the Giants three weeks ago. Though Vick is not yet 100-percent healthy, he fully participated in Wednesday's practice and suffered not setbacks. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher did not practice, while Patrick Chung and Jason Peters each participated on a limited basis.
The Eagles selected Stanford tight end Zach Ertz in the second round of April's draft, and Bleeding Green Nation compared the rookie to the fellow first-years at his position. According to BGN, the Redskins' Jordan Reed leads in terms of yardage (298) and shares the touchdown lead withAtlanta Falcons' Levine Toilolo with two.
Ertz ranked third in yardage (196) with one touchdown.
BGN also outlined the improvements the Eagles defense has made in the last three weeks. After surrendering more than 446 yards per game in the first four months, the Eagles have allowed just 364 yards per game since the start of October. Also, the Eagles have averaged two turnovers in that span, as compared to just one in the first month.
Brandon Meriweather's aggressive hits have caught the attention of the league office, and according to the NFL, the safety's suspension has been reduced from two games to one following his appeal.
Still, Meriweather will be sidelined when the Skins travel to Denver to face the Broncos. Mike Shanahan provided updates on that game during his Wednesday presser.
Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (foot) did not practice Wednesday, while Reed Doughty and Stephen Bowen were limited. Chris Neild and Reed were both full participants.
The coach downplayed his return to Denver, where he won Super Bowls alongside quarterback -- now executive VP of football operations -- John Elway.
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