With Week 8 in the rearview mirror, we have officially reached the second half of the 2019 NFL season.
Each week throughout the season, we will take a look at the state of the NFC East and round up the biggest storylines for each of the four teams.
Here is what's going on in the NFC East heading into Week 9:
Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
• Dallas, which was idle last week, acquired veteran pass rusher Michael Bennet from the Patriots, shipping a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick to New England in the deal.
• To make room on the roster for Bennett, the Cowboys released defensive tackle Justin Hamilton.
• Even with the week off, Dallas was unable to escape its bye week without an injury as offensive tackle Cameron Fleming left Thursday's practice with a calf strain. The severity of the injury is still unclear.
• Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and defensive end Robert Quinn (rib) did not partake in Thursday's practice, although head coach Jason Garrett did tell reporters that the team anticipates both defensive starters to return to practice this week.
• Dallas is making the trip to MetLife Stadium for a Monday night divisional battle against the Giants (2-6) in Week 9.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)
• The Eagles went on the road and beat the Buffalo Bills, 31-13, on Sunday.
• Carson Wentz completed 17-of-24 passes for just 172 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions while adding 35 yards on eight carries.
• Philadelphia ran the ball 41 times for 218 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in Week 8, led by Jordan Howard's 96 yards. Three different running backs scored for Philadelphia, with Howard, Miles Sanders (74 yards) and Boston Scott (6 yards) all finding the end zone against Buffalo.
• Sanders left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury, but head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday that the team expects the rookie running back to be fine. However, his availability for Week 9 is unclear. In addition, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to return to practice Wednesday after missing the last six games with an abdominal injury.
• The Eagles acquired edge rusher Genard Avery from the Cleveland Browns on Monday in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
• Philadelphia will welcome the Chicago Bears (3-4) to Lincoln Financial Field in Week 9.
New York Giants (2-6)
• The Giants fell to the Detroit Lions, 31-26, at Ford Field on Sunday.
• Daniel Jones completed 28-of-41 passes for 322 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Lions. Jones joined Dak Prescott as the only rookie quarterbacks to have two games of at least 300 passing yards, two touchdowns passes and zero interceptions in NFL history.
• Saquon Barkley carried the ball 19 times for 64 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and played a large role in the passing game as well, catching eight passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
• In his first game back in Detroit since being traded from the Lions last year, Golden Tate caught eight of 10 passes thrown his way for a team-high 85 yards.
• Darius Slayton finished the game with two receptions for 50 yards with both catches resulting in touchdowns.
• New York recorded four sacks Sunday, as Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, Dalvin Tomlinson and Grant Haley each picked up a sack. Additionally, Janoris Jenkins registered his fourth interception of the season with his first quarter pick of Matthew Stafford.
• Before Tuesday's trade deadline, the Giants acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the Jets in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 conditional fifth-round pick. The trade marks the first time that the two teams have completed a trade since 1983. To make room on the roster, the team waived linebacker Tae Davis.
• New York will take on the Dallas Cowboys (4-4) at MetLife Stadium Monday night.
Washington Redskins (1-7)
• The Redskins fell to the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night, losing 19-9.
• Case Keenum started the game and completed 12-of-16 passes for 130 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions before leaving with a concussion. Rookie Dwayne Haskins took over in the second half and went three-for-five for 33 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.
Adrian Peterson rushed 14 times for 76 yards (5.4 yards per carry) while adding two receptions for 27 yards. Peterson's 76 yards on the ground allowed him to pass Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson for sixth in NFL history with 13,701 rushing yards.
• In addition to Keenum, safety Jeremy Reaves also suffered a concussion against the Vikings. It remains unclear if either player will be on the field this Sunday, but interim head coach Bill Callahan did tell the media that, if he is healthy, Keenum will remain the team's starting quarterback.
• Running back Derrius Guice returned to the practice field for the first time since being sidelined with a torn meniscus suffered during the team's Week 1 loss. Guice is eligible to be activated off injured reserve for Washington's Week 11 contest against the Jets.
• Following a holdout that dated back to the summer, seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams has reported to the team. It remains to be seen when Williams will be ready to suit up for the Redskins.
• Washington will go on the road for a Week 9 battle against the Bills in Buffalo.
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