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NFC East Notebook, Dec. 3: RGIII, Mike Shanahan and fixing the Redskins

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News and notes from around Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington

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Both the Cowboys and Eagles won in Week 13, maintaining their grasp on the division lead.Dallas had a strong second-half showing against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving, but the road toughens as they'll face the Chicago Bears on Monday night, and Jay Cutler is expected to make his return for the all-important showdown.

Philly continues to win with Nick Foles under center, this time knocking off the Arizona Cardinals who were riding a four-game win streak.

The Giants knocked off the Redskins in primetime Sunday night, taking care of business as they wait for either Dallas or Philly to slip up. The team remains a long shot for the division crown, and their schedule toughens down the stretch.

Here's the latest from around the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys

It seems inevitable that the Dallas-Philadelphia showdown Week 17 will be an all-or-nothing affair. But the weeks leading up to that game obviously remain just as vital.

For Dallas, the road includes Chicago, Green Bay and Washington; for Philly, it's Detroit, Minnesota and Chicago. For competition's sake, all three NFC North squads are in playoff hunts of their own, so the makings for competitive games is there.

The first of those games is the Bears, which may see their starting quarterback return in time for Monday night. But it's not exactly offense that's been nagging the Bears of late.

The Bears' defense is allowing opposing backs to run all over them. Last week it was Adrian Peterson who ripped off 211 yards and have become the worst run defense in the league. With Josh McCown under center the team is averaging about 21 points per game, not enough when the defense is so inconsistent.

Philadelphia Eagles

Though Michael Vick beat out of Foles for the starting gig in the preseason, Foles has taken the reigns for the regular season ... and beyond. On Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly endorsed Foles as the team's current and future quarterback -- actually, the next 1,000 years. And after throwing 19 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions, it's hard to see Kelly go back on his word.

After knocking off the Cards Sunday, the Eagles sit with the No. 7 seed in the NFC, one spot out of the playoffs looking in. Both Philly and Dallas are 7-5 and share the division lead, but the latter owns the tiebreaker -- for now -- but whichever team can win out the rest of the year will wind up in the playoffs.

Washington Redskins

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise wrote about the relationship between Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III. After RGIII hurt his knee in the playoffs last season, the coach reached out to the Griffin family to tell them why he stuck with his quarterback through the injury.

Griffin was discontent over the episode -- not because he didn't think he couldn't play, but because of Kyle Shanahan's play-calling.

In summary, Wise acknowledged there's more wrong with the Skins than Shanahan (the Shanahans?). But Wise said the biggest issue is perception: whether the owner can sell Shanahan returning to the sidelines, putting the RGIII controversy behind them and finding a coach his franchise signal-caller is comfortable with.

Hogs Haven agrees -- to a degree -- and gives these simple tips as to how to fix the Redskins.

1. Fire Shanahan: This coach has lost the team.

2. Get RGIII new weapons: The team will has $18 million to spend in free agency. Go nuts.

3. Fix the D: Say bye to Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowens, switch to a 4-3 and add some talent in the defensive backfield

4. Acknowledge special teams: This is self-explanatory