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Week 3 news, notes and nuggets about the Giants’ NFC East rivals

NFL: Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the week three of the NFL season this weekend, there are headlines across the NFC East. Let’s take a look at what’s going on with all of the New York Giants division rivals in this week’s Around the NFC East.

Washington Redskins

What “They” Got Wrong About the Washington Redskins | Hogs Haven

This week, SB Nation is running a theme on the 32 NFL sites asking what “they” got wrong about each team. The “they” be just about anyone. As Redskins fans, we are very familiar with what folks in the “they” category say each year: it isn’t generally very complimentary.

To me, what I thought people got wrong all offseason was the general expectation of wins from the Washington Redskins. Sportsbooks lived in the 6/6.5 neighborhood before ticking up, and the “they” folks jumped all over the under. I am not one to EVER question the very good...fellas that make betting lines in this great nation of ours. Instead, I look at the 53-man roster of the Redskins and I struggle to see how folks so willingly buy into what would be a decline from the two years of progress this franchise has made.

Plenty of people hate when I go with the “two straight winning seasons for the first time in 20 years” stat—but it’s true (8-7-1 is, in fact, a winning record). Sure, losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will not go unnoticed, but it’s not like we lost Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss. The players being used to compensate for that loss (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) have struggled to find chemistry with Kirk Cousins in the early stages of the 2017 campaign, but it’s a bit too early to raise the white flag and give up.

For Mason Foster, it was all about the Raiders growing up near Oakland | Washington Post

Mason Foster believes every NFL game he plays in is special, but Sunday night’s game will have an added layer for the Redskins linebacker. Foster will face the team he grew up rooting for, the Oakland Raiders, for the second time in his career.

Foster, 28, grew up in Seaside, Calif., two hours outside of Oakland, and followed in his father’s footsteps as a member of Raider Nation. He said he has a lot of family members flying in the for the game, although he was limited during Wednesday’s practice after suffering a dislocated shoulder in Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

“They drafted Charles Woodson; if you didn’t have a Charles Woodson jersey, you wasn’t cool in Seaside,” Foster said. “We pretty much all grew up either Raiders or Niners fans. My dad was a Raiders fan, so I was a Raiders fan.”

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles claim safety off waivers from Bills | Bleeding Green Nation

The Philadelphia Eagles filled their roster vacancy by claiming Trae Elston off of waivers, according to an official announcement from the team. Elston was recently released by the Buffalo Bills.

Elston played college football for Ole Miss before going undrafted in 2016. He originally signed with the New Orleans Saints before being released during final cuts. He bounced around the Buccaneers and Browns before being claimed by the Bills earlier this year.

The 5-11, 195 pound Elston led the Bills in tackles this preseason with 12. He also had one forced fumble and one pass deflection.

Eagles bench Isaac Seumalo: 5 thoughts on decision to start Chance Warmack | NJ.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite the Eagles' attempt to keep it a secret, it appears the secret is out -- the team has benched left guard Isaac Seumalo and replaced him with Chance Warmack.

The news was confirmed by multiple players in the locker room on Wednesday, as they appeared to be as shocked as the media was that it was Warmack in the huddle with the first-team offense as opposed the starter over the past two weeks, Seumalo.

Did the Eagles make the right decision? Here are some thoughts on the bold move.

1. Seumalo is terrible: Since Seumalo is only in his second season, it is still possible he could turn into a starting-caliber player. Right now, however, there is no getting around the fact that he has been playing terrible. Seumalo was responsible for four sacks in the Eagles' loss to the Chiefs last Sunday, and has now allowed 16 pressures and 6 sacks in just 248 career snaps. The Eagles couldn't trot Seumalo back out onto the field this Sunday without knowing they were in for another long day of trying to protect quarterback Carson Wentz.

2. Warmack is questionable as well: Seumalo might not be playing well, but there is a reason he was starting over Warmack, who the team signed to a one-year deal this past offseason. Warmack was a bust with the Tennessee Titans, and is in some ways just as much of a question mark heading into Sunday as Seumalo would have been.

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys going to extremes on defense, which unit will show up this week? | Blogging the Boys

It’s hard to recall such a contrasting performance from the Cowboys defense from one week to the next. After a dominating display against the New York Giants in Week 1 that held them to just three points, the defense decided to take the day off against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It’s as if they managed to travel back in time and play a football game before tackling was ever invented. Normally, you can identify a player or two that really struggled to where we can blame some pad plays on them, but no can do in this game. It was collective effort of awfulness.

Against the Giants, the Cowboys did a great job of having several hats around the ball. And once they were there, they would wrap up the ball-carrier immediately. Against the Broncos, Dallas not only struggled getting to the ball, but once they were there, it was as if they were all greased up and let him slip through their fingers.

Damontre’ Moore Readies For Return, Plans To Apply Advice From D-Ware | DallasCowboys.com

Damontre’ Moore says he became a better student of football in the offseason.

Back from a two-game suspension, the Cowboys’ defensive end is ready to apply his work to the field.

“It was a long time waiting,” Moore said Wednesday. “I feel like I was in prime condition before I left and I stayed working with (strength and conditioning) coach (Mike) Woicik and kept working hard. I feel like honestly I can hit the ground rolling.”