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Did a search for this guy and didn't have anything after OCT 2nd. Sorry if this is a duplicate.

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By Don Pierson

NBCSports.com contributor

Updated: 11:00 a.m. ET Oct. 28, 2005

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Just when you think the NFC is the inferior little sister to the AFC, the NFC East boasts four winning teams. The defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles have more company than they want.

Meanwhile, the AFC East has no winning teams. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at 3-3 are the only team without a losing record.

The Washington Redskins and New York Giants, predicted to battle it out for last in the NFC East behind the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, instead are playing for first place this week.

The Cowboys were one minute from first place last week until the Seattle Seahawks scored 10 points in the final 40 seconds. Now the Cowboys are in last place. They booted kicker Jose Cortez for missing a 29-yard field goal and the Eagles signed him less than 24 hours later.

No dynasties are emerging here yet, but the NFC East is rekindling its long-lost reputation as the NFC Beast. Unless the bottom drops out, it looks like at least one decent team is going to get left out of the playoffs.

Last week whetted appetites for a close season-long race in a division that provided seven Super Bowl champions — everybody except Philadelphia — in a 10-year span between 1986-’95.

The Eagles shocked the San Diego Chargers by blocking a field-goal attempt and returning it for the winning touchdown.

The Giants overcame a 23-10 deficit against Denver with 10 minutes left when Eli Manning led two late touchdown drives for a 24-23 victory.

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Only the Redskins had an easy time, ripping the San Francisco 49ers 52-17.

This sets up a rare important Giants-Redskins showdown in New York, where the Giants will be playing with the emotion of losing beloved owner Wellington Mara.

In 2003, the 2-0 Redskins met the 1-1 Giants in Steve Spurrier's final season and the Giants won 24-21 in overtime. But the Redskins dropped to 5-11 and the Giants to 4-12, signaling the end of the Spurrier and Jim Fassel regimes and ushering in Joe Gibbs and Tom Coughlin.I

n their first meetings last season, the teams traded home victories but neither meant much in the disappointing 6-10 debuts of the previously successful coaches.

Who has the upper hand in the NFC East?

With the Eagles traveling to Denver, the Giants-Redskins winner is assured of at least a tie at the top as midseason approaches. The winner also has the inside track at unseating the Eagles.

The Eagles remain the favorite because they still have three home games against NFC East foes including a home finale against Washington.

The Redskins and Giants also have three home games left against NFC East teams, including Sunday's game for the Giants.

The Cowboys are 2-1 within the division already, but they have the toughest stretch run with trips to Philadelphia, the Giants and Washington.

The Eagles have a tough road stretch coming up — at Denver, at Washington and at the Giants in the next four weeks. But they get to play four of their final six games at home and their only road trips are to St. Louis and Arizona.

Why are the Giants and Redskins better than expected?

The Giants have a young quarterback who has grown up. The Redskins have an old quarterback who has come back. Everybody who thought Eli Manning was still wet behind the ears and Mark Brunell was washed up is now taking a bath on their predictions.

Both quarterbacks have been consistent enough so far to be more than flukes. Manning can only get better and Brunell has seldom looked better, so the faceoff Sunday is compelling.

The idea in the NFC East is to catch Donovan McNabb, who entered the season head and shoulders above all his quarterback rivals. The Giants were playing for the future. The Redskins thought they were doing the same thing with Patrick Ramsey, although Gibbs' commitment to him was lukewarm given their draft of Jason Campbell. Now, Gibbs is to resurrect the past with Brunell. He always was more comfortable with veterans.

The Cowboys turned to Drew Bledsoe amid suspicion everywhere this side of coach Bill Parcells. So far, it looks like Parcells knew what he was doing.

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Brunell is the top-rated passer in the NFC. Bledsoe is No. 2, McNabb No. 5, and Manning No. 7 — pretty good representation for one division. In fourth-quarter passing, when games are so often on the line, Manning jumps to No. 1 in the NFC, Bledsoe No. 4, Brunell No. 6 and McNabb No. 10.

On defense, there is more disparity — from Washington's No. 4 rank to the Giants' No. 31. On paper, that's a mismatch, which is why Sunday's game is big for both.

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Last week whetted appetites for a close season-long race in a division that provided seven Super Bowl champions — everybody except Philadelphia — in a 10-year span between 1986-’95.

:) I need to use this quote as my sig. :eaglesuck :applause:

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Manning has 13 games started.

His older brother went 13-3 in his second full season.

At what point do we consider a QB no longer 'wet behind the ears'?

Peyton started every game his rookie year. Eli didnt start until the second half. Wet behind the ears or not, Coach Williams is going to make sure the kid has a rough day.

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The Eagles remain the favorite because they still have three home games against NFC East foes including a home finale against Washington.

The Redskins and Giants also have three home games left against NFC East teams' date=' including Sunday's game for the Giants.

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Am I the only one who thinks this doesn't make sense?

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Peyton started every game his rookie year. Eli didnt start until the second half. Wet behind the ears or not, Coach Williams is going to make sure the kid has a rough day.

This doesn't make any sense. Eli will start his 14th game. How different is that than Peyton starting the second year after 16 games his first?

Every other defensive coach in the NFL tries to pressure young QB's. Eli has handle it pretty well, including a very hostile situation in SD, in which he threw for over 350/3 TD's. He has also dealt with the NY media.

So I ask again: at what point does a young QB learn how to handle the pressure, and stop being 'wet behind the ears'? In Peyton's case it was 16 games.

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This doesn't make any sense. Eli will start his 14th game. How different is that than Peyton starting the second year after 16 games his first?

Every other defensive coach in the NFL tries to pressure young QB's. Eli has handle it pretty well, including a very hostile situation in SD, in which he threw for over 350/3 TD's. He has also dealt with the NY media.

So I ask again: at what point does a young QB learn how to handle the pressure, and stop being 'wet behind the ears'? In Peyton's case it was 16 games.

Theres one obvious point you are failing to see. We here do not consider coach Williams to be "every other defensive coach in the NFL". WE see him as better than that. If you've watched our defense the 2 years and have at least one honest bone in your body then you have to agree. Eli has dealt with pressure good for him(you?). I believe that Williams along with our defense has the ability to find a way to rattle Eli where others have not. I think you'll have a difficult time convincing me otherwise.

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This doesn't make any sense. Eli will start his 14th game. How different is that than Peyton starting the second year after 16 games his first?

Every other defensive coach in the NFL tries to pressure young QB's. Eli has handle it pretty well, including a very hostile situation in SD, in which he threw for over 350/3 TD's. He has also dealt with the NY media.

So I ask again: at what point does a young QB learn how to handle the pressure, and stop being 'wet behind the ears'? In Peyton's case it was 16 games.

Eli does not have near the line Peyton has had. Nor does he have Marvin Harrison or Edgerrin James.

Indy's defense has always been better than their stats because their offense scores to quickly. The Giants defense is every bit as porous as they look on paper.

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Last week whetted appetites for a close season-long race in a division that provided seven Super Bowl champions — everybody except Philadelphia — in a 10-year span between 1986-’95.

:) I need to use this quote as my sig. :eaglesuck :applause:

That quote isnt accurate because Arizona was in the division during that 10-year span and they never won a Super Bowl.

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"The Washington Redskins and New York Giants, predicted to battle it out for last in the NFC East behind the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, instead are playing for first place this week."

"but the NFC East is rekindling its long-lost reputation as the NFC Beast."

Those 2 comments seem to go hand and hand don't they? :)

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