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NFL Scores Week 9: Cowboys and Redskins lose, Eagles hang on

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Interesting Sunday for NFC East teams sees Cowboys lose a game and Eagles lose their quarterback

Brandon Weeden could not lead Dallas toa  victory on Sunday
Brandon Weeden could not lead Dallas toa victory on Sunday
Ronald Martinez

The NFC East got just a little bit more interesting Sunday afternoon as the Dallas Cowboys suffered a second straight loss, this one a 28-17 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Philadelphia Eagles earned a 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans, while the Washington Redskins suffered a narrow 29-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Let's take a closer look at all three games, and their impact on the 3-4 New York Giants

Cardinals 28, Cowboys 17

Without injured quarterback Tony Romo, the Dallas offense stalled as the Cowboys fell to 6-3. Arizona crowded the line of scrimmage defensively and held Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to 79 yards on 19 carries, his first game with less than 100 yards rushing this season. Brandon Weeden, subbing for Romo, was ineffective. He completed 18-of-33 for 183 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Dallas did not score an offensive touchdown until there was 1:13 left to play.

The Cowboys head to London next and get a break with their opponent being the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars. The question is whether or not Romo, with two small fractures in his back, will be able to play.

-- See Blogging The Boys for more Dallas perspective.

Eagles 31, Texans 21

The Eagles (6-2) lost quarterback Nick Foles in the first half with a shoulder injury, but still hung on to win. Ex-Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Per Bleeding Green Green Nation, Foles could miss four to six weeks with a broken clavicle. That puts the Eagles' fate in the hands of Sanchez, who had a miserable last couple of seasons with the Jets.

The Eagles also list linebacker Demeco Ryans with a season-ending torn achilles tendon.

The Eagles, thus, won a game on Sunday but lost two key players, making their path much more difficult.

-- See Bleeding Green Nation for more about the Eagles.

Vikings 29, Redskins 26

Robert Griffin III returned from his ankle injury and very nearly led the Redskins to a second straight victory, but couldn't quite pull it off. A Minnesota touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:27 left was the different. RGIII went 18-for-28 for 251 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his return. The Redskins are 3-6.

-- See Hogs Haven for more about the Redskins.