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Giants Now: NFC East Roundup heading into Week 7

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Tae Crowder had a moment in the sun this week, but the Giants' rookie linebacker was today placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury suffered in a 20-19 victory against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Crowder, the Mr. Irrelevant honoree from the 2020 NFL Draft, earned his first bit of professional fame by recovering a Kyle Allen fumble and racing 43 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Daniel Jones is leading the team in rushing yards and per-carry average and owning its longest run through six games. Jones has rushed for 204 yards on 27 carries, a 7.9-yard average. His 49-yard gain around left end in the Giants' victory against Washington on Sunday was the team's longest by a quarterback in the 55-year Super Bowl era.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been designated for return and is practicing today. The fifth-year pro hasn't played since suffering a turf toe in Chicago on Sept. 27.

Giants rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, the 255th and final pick in this year's draft, has been nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award for his performance in Week 6 against Washington. Crowder registered 10 tackles (six solo), the second-most on the team behind Blake Martinez, as well as a fumble recovery, which he returned 43 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Andrew Thomas' tardiness created an opportunity for Matt Peart that might last a while. Peart, the tackle selected in the third round, started the game. Thomas returned for the first series in the second quarter. For the rest of the game, the two rookies had a time share at tackle. Peart, who totaled 17 offensive snaps in the first five games, played 26 yesterday, while Thomas had 22.

Dallas Cowboys

Somehow, the Cowboys are still in first place in the NFC East with a 2-4 record after Monday's 38-10 home loss to Arizona. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones wasn't in much of a "feel-good mood" Tuesday morning, though.

Here are some observations from the Cowboys' 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

In his first start for an injured Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton found himself in a situation all-too-similar to the Cowboys' first five games. Playing from behind. Way behind. Dalton's 54 pass attempts tied for the second-highest total in his 134 career starts. He went 34-of-54 for 266 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, both leading to Cardinals touchdowns in Monday's 38-10 loss to Arizona at AT&T Stadium.

On the heels of another woeful performance, Jaylon Smith had a blunt assessment of how the Cowboys' defense handled itself Monday night.

Two weeks ago, when the Cowboys started the season 1-3 for the first time in 10 years, a frustrated Mike McCarthy described his biggest concern with his football team. "We're a come-from-behind team as I stand in front of you. That's not the way you win consistently," the head coach said. Two games later, same story: Turnover margin.

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles announced a couple of roster moves on Tuesday ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the New York Giants. The Eagles' two practice squad protections for this week are defensive tackle T.Y. McGill and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho. The Eagles also released cornerback Trevor Williams off Injured Reserve.

If you happened to tune in to Monday Night Football and watched Arizona trounce Dallas 38-10, you perhaps gained some further insight into the State of the NFC East. It's open. It's wide open.

The offensive line had huge issues with Baltimore's defensive front. Carson Wentz took some brutally violent shots in this game as a passer, including a handful of sacks, none of which were of the "soft" variety. Wentz's toughness and resiliency stood out the most, and that manifested itself in multiple ways, whether it was tough throws against the blitz, his blocking on the perimeter, or this 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles welcomed back a familiar face to their practice squad on Monday when they signed defensive end Shareef Miller to the practice squad. The Philadelphia native and former Penn State standout was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2019.

Maybe now, with two NFC East games – Thursday night against the Giants and 10 days later against Dallas, both at Lincoln Financial Field – the Eagles can find out who they are.

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team was already down Antonio Gandy-Golden when fellow rookie Isaiah Wright suffered an injury with 70 seconds remaining Sunday. And with just five wide receivers on the active roster, the team's only other option was Cam Sims, who entered the game with nine offensive snaps.

After another loss, Washington has fallen into a tie for last place in the division. But the entire NFC East has continued to struggle with a combined record of 5-18-1. Here's what happened around the rest of the division in Week 6.

The Washington Football Team announced today that they have made the following roster moves:

The following player claimed on October 14 has cleared the mandated six days of pre-entry COVID-19 testing and will join the active roster: DE Casey Toohill. The following player has retired: G Joshua Garnett

As the Washington Football Team's offense huddled with less than four minutes to play Sunday, Logan Thomas had a good idea of what head coach Ron Rivera was thinking. "Let's go score and go for two," Thomas told his teammates.

A list of stats and notes from the Washington Football Team's 20-19 loss against the New York Giants, presented by BDO by the Numbers, as compiled by Washington Football Team Public Relations.

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