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NFC East Roundup: Week 1 has arrived

0906-NFCEast-Center.jpg takes a look around the division prior to Week 1 of the 2017 regular season:

It's Week 1 in the NFL.

For the third year in a row, the New York Giants will open the season in Dallas. The Giants defeated the Cowboys in the opener last year, 20-19, and went on to sweep the season series against their rivals.

"It's the first game of the season," Eli Manning said after Monday's practice. "You want to go out there and play well. But you can't win a Super Bowl in the first game, also. So we have to just play smart and find out our style and figure out ways to win football games and give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter."

As another NFL season kicks into high gear, here's a look around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys (0-0)
2016 record: 13-3
Week 1 opponent: home vs. New York Giants

  • The Cowboys went 3-1 this preseason, and had their final game against the Houston Texans cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. Quarterback Dak Prescott appeared in the final two games of the preseason, going 18 of 22 for 219 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
  • Three days after getting released at final cuts, Dallas re-signed backup quarterback Kellen Moore. The team placed tight end Rico Gathers on the Reserve/Injured list to make room for Moore. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has not said whether Moore or rookie Cooper Rush would open the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Prescott.

New York Giants (0-0)
2016 record: 11-5
Week 1 opponent: at Dallas

  • The Giants returned to the practice field on Monday, but Odell Beckham Jr. did not. The star receiver continues to receive treatment on an ankle injury he suffered in the Giants' second preseason game against the Browns. Linebacker Keenan Robinson remains in the concussion protocol. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley (knee) and Eli Apple (ankle) were both limited.
  • The newest Giant is cornerback Ross Cockrell, who was acquired via trade on Saturday from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, he started all 19 games for the Steelers at right cornerback. The four-year veteran led Pittsburgh with 14 passes defensed and had a career-high 62 tackles (47 solo).
  • After setting their 53-man roster over the holiday weekend, Big Blue signed 10 players to their practice squad, highlighted by preseason standouts Travis Rudolph and Donte Deayon. Rudolph finished with a team-high 157 receiving yards.

Washington Redskins (0-0)
2016 record: 8-7
Week 1 opponent: home vs. Philadelphia

- After dropping their first two preseason games, the Redskins closed out the summer strong, winning their final two contests against the Bengals (23-17) and Buccaneers (13-10).

  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins appeared in three preseason games, finishing 25 of 44 for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The six-year veteran threw for a career high 4,917 passing yards last season and made his first career Pro Bowl.
  • On Tuesday, the Redskins signed running back Chris Thompson to a contract extension. Thompson, 26, is entering his fourth NFL season and recorded career highs last season of 49 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 356 yards.
  • Veteran safety DeAngelo Hall is starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Hall is entering his 10th season with the Redskins. The three-time Pro Bowler is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 3 of last year against the Giants.

Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
2016 record: 7-9
Week 1 opponent: at Washington

  • It was home cooking for the Eagles this preseason. Philly defeated the Bills and Dolphins at home but lost to both the Packers and Jets away from Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles open the season this Sunday in Washington. Philly was 2-4 in the NFC East last season and finished at the bottom of the division.
  • Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz was sharp this summer, appearing in three games and finishing 16 of 23 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The North Dakota State alum will have plenty of new toys to work with this season with the addition of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. takes a look at the all-time touchdown leaders in Giants history against the Dallas Cowboys.

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