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NFC East Roundup: Week 5 in the books

1003-NFC-Center.jpg takes a look around the division following Week 5 action:

Five weeks have already come and gone in the 2017 NFL regular season.

A third straight win for the Eagles has them a game and a half clear of the Redskins, who were on their Bye Week. At 4-1, the Eagles are tied for the best record in the NFC. The Cowboys lost their second straight, a 35-31 home loss to Green Bay. Dallas enters their Bye Week at 2-3. The Giants dropped to 0-5 after a 27-22 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Big Blue heads to Denver (3-1) this week for Sunday Night Football.

"You just keep working," head coach Ben McAdoo said on Sunday. "You look in the mirror. You learn a lot about yourself in times like these. So, you've got to work for yourself, work for your teammates. We're all pros – this is what we get paid to do. We get paid to win, not just compete. So, we've got to find a way to win."

Before Week 6 approaches, here's the latest look at news from around the division:

Philadelphia Eagles 4-1 (2-0)
Week 5: 34-7 home win vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 6 opponent: at Carolina Panthers (Thursday, 8:25 PM ET)

  • Carson Wentz threw a career-high four touchdown passes in a 34-7 blowout over the Cardinals. Wentz was 11 for 12 for 225 yards and three touchdowns on third down.
  • The Eagles once again won the time of possession battle. Philly controlled the clock for 35:47 against the Cardinals. The Eagles have led time of possession in all five of their games this year.
  • Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox misses his second straight game with a calf injury. Running back Wendell Smallwood also sat out with a knee injury.

Dallas Cowboys 2-3 (1-0)
Week 5: 35-31 home loss vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 6 opponent: BYE WEEK

  • After surrendering 30-plus points for the second consecutive week, the Dallas defense is now allowing 26.4 points per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL.
  • Despite the defensive woes, fourth-year defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence added another sack, which brings his season total to 8.5 on the year. Lawrence leads the Chargers' Melvin Ingram by one for the league lead.
  • Rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie left the game with a hamstring injury for the second time this season. It was his first game back after missing two games by aggravating the injury against the Broncos. The second-round pick has battled hamstring injuries since training camp.

Washington Redskins 2-2 (0-1)
Week 5: BYE WEEK
Week 6 opponent: home vs. San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

- The Redskins, along with the Falcons, Broncos and Saints were off on Sunday thanks to their Bye Week. Washington returns to action this Sunday to host the winless San Francisco 49ers.

  • The Redskins return off the bye may be without Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman, who suffered a rib fracture last week against Kansas City. Head coach Jay Gruden said it's a week-to-week injury,

New York Giants 0-5 (0-2)
Week 5: 27-22 home loss vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 6 opponent: at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 8:30 PM ET)

  • With Paul Perkins (ribs) inactive, Orleans Darkwa got the start at running back against the Chargers. The four-year veteran responded with a career-high 69 rushing yards on eight carries, including a 23-yard first quarter touchdown run, the Giants' first score on the ground by a running back this season.
  • Second-year safety Darian Thompson led the defense with 11 tackles (eight solo) and intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone in the third quarter. It was Thompson's first career INT, and the defense's first of the season.
  • Roger Lewis made one reception on Sunday, but it went for 29 yards and a Giants third quarter touchdown. It was his first of the season and the third of his two-year career.

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