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NFC East Roundup: Week 3 in the books


Things tend to change pretty quickly week-to-week in the NFL.

With that in mind, each week takes a look at the latest news and happenings around the NFC East.


Week 3: L, 39-28 vs. Atlanta
Streak: Loss 1
Next: at New Orleans

•    Winning 14-0 in the first quarter at home over the Atlanta Falcons, it looked like the Dallas Cowboys wouldn't miss a beat with both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant on the shelf. Then Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones took over, and Atlanta blanked Dallas, 22-0, in the second half en route to a 39-28 road win.

•    With Brandon Weeden starting in place of the injured Romo, the Cowboys relied heavily on their running attack. Joseph Randle scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half, but only gained 2 yards on his final 11 runs. Weeden completed 22 of 26 passes (10 of which went to running back Lance Dunbar) for 232 yards.


Week 3: L, 32-21 vs. New York Giants
Streak: Loss 1
Next: vs. Philadelphia

•    The league's number one ranked rushing attack heading into Week 3 had a tough time last Thursday night against the Giants.  Matt Jones and Alfred Morris combined for just 57 yards on 17 carries.

•    The Washington offense committed four turnovers in the game – two Kirk Cousins interceptions and two fumbles. The bright spot for Washington came when wide receiver Rashad Ross fielded a Josh Brown kickoff in the fourth quarter and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown – the second-longest in team history.

**New York Giants (1-2, 1-1 NFC EAST)

*Week 3: W, 32-21 vs. Washington

Streak: Won 1
Next: at Buffalo

•    Middle linebacker Jon Beason made his 2015 regular season debut Thursday Night against Washington and played 28 snaps. Linebacker Uani 'Unga played 48 snaps and led the team with nine tackles. He also batted down two passes, forced a fumble and recorded his second interception of the season.

•    With his fourth quarter touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr., quarterback Eli Manning moved into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time passing touchdown list with 262. He added his 263rd later in the quarter when he hit Rueben Randle for a 41-yard score.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2, 0-1 NFC EAST)

Week 3: W, 24-17 vs. New York Jets
Streak: Won 1
Next: at Washington

•    RB/KR Darren Sproles joined Gale Sayers, Ockie Anderson and Curly Oden as the only players in NFL history with multiple games with a Rush TD and Punt Return TD in their careers.

•    DeMarco Murray was inactive for the game because of a hamstring injury. Ryan Mathews started in his place and recorded 128 total yards with a touchdown. Mathews gained 64 of his 108 rushing yards Sunday after initial contact. Mathews had more yards after contact Sunday than the Eagles had as a team in Weeks 1-2 combined (24).

Gameday photo timeline from Giants Week 3 matchup against Washington

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