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“Something special is brewing in Seattle, and it’s not just the coffee,” said the Sporting News’ Brown.

Washington moved up three spots to No. 8 after a win at Cleveland with backup rookie Kirk Cousins leading the way in place of the injured Robert Griffin III. The Redskins, Cowboys and Giants are tied for the NFC East lead.

“Who needs RG3 when you have Kirk Cousins?” said Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.

The Giants and Ravens were tied for ninth heading into their game Sunday.

Pittsburgh fell two places to 15th after a second straight loss, this one in overtime at Dallas.

“The bumbling Steelers would be eliminated with a loss against Cincinnati (on Sunday),” said Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.

Kansas City is 32nd and last after being shut out by No. 31 Oakland.

“Shut out by the Raiders? Seriously? I mean … seriously?” said CBSSports.com’s Judge.

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