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NFC East Roundup: Week 1 in the books

Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books.

Throughout the season, we will take a look at the state of the NFC East each week 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 2:

Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

Dallas scored 35 points against the Giants, led by a dominant performance from Dak Prescott. The fourth-year quarterback completed 25 of 33 passes for 405 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

In his first action since returning from a summer-long contract holdout, All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott gained 53 yards on 13 carries (4.1-yard avg.) and scored a touchdown. He added one reception for 10 yards.

Second-year receiver Michael Gallup led Dallas with seven receptions for 158 yards (22.6-yard avg.), while veteran Amari Cooper enjoyed a strong performance himself, catching six passes for 106 yards and a score. Randall Cobb put together a solid game in his Cowboys debut, as well, reeling in four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.

In his first game back after a year in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth, tight end Jason Witten caught three passes for 15 yards and a score.

The Cowboys travel to Washington to take on the Redskins (0-1) Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

They needed a big second half comeback, but the Eagles secured the victory over Washington on Sunday, 32-27.

Carson Wentz appeared in his first game since Week 14 of last season after sitting out the entire preseason. Wentz completed 28 of 39 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Eagles on three scoring drives in the second half to help Philadelphia overcome a 20-7 halftime deficit.

In his first game as an Eagle since the end of the 2013 season, DeSean Jackson picked up right where he left off. The speedy receiver reeled in eight receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns, both coming on passes over 50 yards.

After allowing 20 points in the first half, Philadelphia’s defense toughened up. On Washington’s first three drives of the second half, the Redskins were limited to just five yards of total offense.

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with what head coach Doug Pederson called a “significant” foot injury. Jackson was Philadelphia’s big offseason acquisition, but Pederson said the injury is “going to require some time.”

The Eagles will take on the Falcons (0-1) in Atlanta on Sunday night.

New York Giants (0-1)

The Giants fell to the Cowboys by a score of 35-17 in their 2019 debut. Dallas has now beaten the Giants in five consecutive meetings between the two clubs.

The Giants surrendered 494 yards to the Cowboys’ offense, the highest total the defense has allowed since Week 11 of the 2018 season (510 yards vs. Tampa Bay). The defense did not record a sack or turnover.

Evan Engram looks primed for a breakout season after his strong Week 1 performance. The third-year tight end led the team with 11 receptions, five more than any other pass-catcher, and finished with 116 yards (10.5-yard avg.) and a touchdown. Both his yardage and reception totals are career-highs.

Saquon Barkley gained 120 yards rushing on only 11 carries, averaging 10.9 yards, and added four receptions for 19 yards. Barkley showed off his big play ability on his first run of the season, which he took for 59 yards.

Eli Manning completed 30 of 44 passes (68.2%) for 306 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a passer rating of 95.5. Manning’s 306 passing yards was his third-highest mark for a Week 1 game in his 16-year career.

Daniel Jones made his NFL debut on the Giants’ final offensive series. The rookie quarterback completed three of four passes for 17 yards, but lost a fumble after a five-yard run on what was the team’s final play.

Linebacker Kareem Martin suffered a sprained knee in the first half and did not return to the game. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a concussion and is in the NFL concussion protocol, while guard Kevin Zeitler “has a little shoulder” issue that the team does not consider serious.

The Giants claimed linebacker Tuzar Skipper off waivers Monday. The undrafted rookie picked up five sacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason.

The Giants take on the Buffalo Bills (1-0) at MetLife Stadium in Week 2.

Washington Redskins (0-1)

The Redskins squandered a 20-7 halftime lead and fell to the Eagles, 32-27, in Philadelphia.

After struggling in his only season in Denver last year, Case Keenum put together a strong performance to open up the 2019 campaign. The veteran quarterback completed 30 of 44 passes for 380 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, finishing with a passer rating of 117.6.

Derrius Guice tore his ACL during the 2018 preseason and missed the entire season. In his first regular season game Sunday, the running back carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards (1.8-yard avg.) while adding three receptions for 20 yards. Head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that Guice is being evaluated for a possible right knee injury after the running back felt soreness in the knee on the trip back to Washington.

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career.

Making his NFL debut, rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught five passes for a touchdown and a team-high 125 yards, including a 69-yarder, the game’s longest play from scrimmage.

The Redskins welcome the Cowboys to FedEx Field in Week 2.

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