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Giants Now: NFC East Roundup heading into Week 9


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Joe Judge got philosophical today in his daily Zoom call with reporters, and in the process opened a window on some of his core beliefs as a head coach. First, some background. Like all coaches, Judge likes to keep all football-related issues in-house.

We don't know if the Giants will defeat the Washington Football Team Sunday for their second victory of the season, but it's reasonable to assume we won't know the winner until the fourth quarter – or later. But that result shouldn't require a recount.

The Giants were today awarded wide receiver Dante Pettis off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, who released him yesterday. The team has received a roster exemption from the NFL while Pettis is in the six-day Covid-19 protocol. He will likely be formally added to the roster on Monday or Tuesday.

Check out Wednesday's injury report ahead of the Giants' Week 9 division matchup against the Washington Football Team.

Quarterback Daniel Jones addresses the media as the Giants begin preparations for Week 9 vs. Washington.

Dallas Cowboys

It's a strange thing to type, but perhaps that's to be expected in 2020. The Cowboys are coming off their finest defensive performance of the season here in Week 9, and a big part of that is due to the play of their secondary in Philadelphia.

During Ezekiel Elliott's National Championship season in 2014, the Ohio State Buckeyes went through three separate quarterbacks; Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Cardale Jones. "That was a little different," Elliott remembered on Wednesday. "[This is my] first time working with four."

Two Cowboys starters, defensive end Aldon Smith (knee) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) were limited in Wednesday's practice, though it might simply be a case of managing both players' workloads leading up to Sunday's game against the Steelers.

The Cowboys (2-6) will field their fourth starting quarterback of the season when they kick off Sunday against the undefeated Steelers (7-0). Whether it's Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush remains to be seen. But head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that the coaching staff will decide between those two veterans in place of rookie Ben DiNucci, who started for an injured Andy Dalton in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

As the Cowboys prepare for the only undefeated team in the NFL, the injury problems haven't stopped. Now it has extended to special teams, as punter Chris Jones is headed to injured reserve and will need surgery on his abdomen. The injury might not keep Jones out the rest of the season as he could return, perhaps later the month or in December.

View photos from the all-time series between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles had an unexpected opening on their practice squad Wednesday when quarterback Josh McCown agreed to join the active roster of the Houston Texans.

There are two ways to look at the Eagles' Week 8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. On one hand, the Eagles have a stern hold on the NFC East at the halfway mark of the season. On the other, they have much to improve on going into the second half. 

The Eagles started the bye week with a couple of adjustments to the practice squad.

Let us all understand a few things as we settle into the bye week and digest the first half of this 2020 season and chart a course for the final eight games leading into the postseason. The Philadelphia Eagles, at 3-4-1, are not a perfect product. The Eagles are also not a finished product. 

After missing five games with a thumb injury that forced him to short-term Injured Reserve, rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor wasted no time making his presence felt in Sunday night's 23-9 NFC East win over Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field. It certainly appears that it will be a harbinger of things to come for the talented Reagor.

Washington Football Team

After its bye week, the Washington Football Team is back in action Sunday against the New York Giants at FedExField. Here's everything you need to know before the Week 9 divisional game:

Head coach Ron Rivera was joking when he referred to wide receivers Steven Sims Jr.and Isaiah Wright as veterans; Wright is a rookie, while Sims is just entering his second year. They have been with the team since training camp, though, and any amount of experience on the receiving corps is invaluable to the Washington Football Team.

The Washington Football Team is back in action after taking a week off, and it is now shifting its focus towards a playoff push in the final nine games of the regular season.

Washington's head coach Ron Rivera addresses the media after practice on Wednesday at the Inova Sports Performance Center.

The Washington Football team held practice at the Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia, on Nov. 4, 2020 ahead of the Week 9 matchup against the Giants.


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