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Can NFL Least turn it around?
Question of the Day
Things could start getting sorted out in the NFC Least, uh, East, this Sunday as all four teams in the league’s most disappointing group play nondivisional games.
Sure, it’s only four weeks into the schedule, but it’s stunning that this usually powerful division has been so mediocre. The Cowboys are the biggest flop so far at 1-2, a half-game behind the Redskins, Giants and Eagles.
Washington has the early edge thanks to wins over Philadelphia and Dallas. The Giants haven’t even played a divisional game, and they won’t until Oct. 25.
Outside the NFC East, New York has a win over weak Carolina and a 10-sack demolition of Chicago, but looked awful in losses to Indianapolis and Tennessee. Those same Bears romped at Dallas, and the Packers handled the Eagles in Philly. The Redskins blew a big lead against Houston and also fell to St. Louis _ which might not be so embarrassing now that the Rams are tied atop the NFC West, which also is a train wreck.
Dallas hosts Tennessee on Sunday, while Washington is home for Green Bay, Philadelphia is at San Francisco, and the Giants are at Houston.
“It’s a little bit of a fresh start,” tight end Jason Witten said of coming off a Week 4 bye. “That doesn’t neglect what we’ve done in the past. I think we have to look at that with a critical eye, and we did. I think this team is moving forward.”
The Cowboys don’t have to move too far forward to grab the division lead.
“Ultimately, it’s what we do from now on,” coach Wade Phillips said. “We’ve won one in a row. We’re going for two, that’s where we’re going.”
Elsewhere Sunday, it’s Kansas City at Indianapolis, New Orleans at Arizona, St. Louis at Detroit, San Diego at Oakland, Chicago at Carolina, Denver at Baltimore, Atlanta at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at Cincinnati, and Jacksonville at Buffalo.
Monday night has a compelling matchup, with Minnesota at the New York Jets. The story line is further heightened by an NFL investigation involving Brett Favre. The star quarterback is alleged to have sent racy messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets in 2008.
Off this week are Miami (2-2), New England (3-1), Seattle (2-2) and Pittsburgh (3-1).
Tennessee (2-2) at Dallas (1-2)
While the Cowboys look to build off their first strong effort in a victory over the Texans two weeks ago, the Titans need to find running room for Chris Johnson. His pursuit of an unprecedented second 2,000-yard rushing season is off to a slow start with an average of less than 100 yards a game and a 3.8-yard average per carry.
“Us 11 guys, we’re not going to let this guy get out of the gate and off to the races, to beat us on one play,” Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking said.
Green Bay (3-1) at Washington (2-2)
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