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Latest Cowboys headlines: The Eagles implode, the Giants self-destruct, and the Redskins throw in the towel.

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Cowboys 10-game review: Scott Linehan has fixed Dallas offense's two biggest problems | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Those two biggest problems were an inability to sustain drives and and overdependence on Tony Romo, at least according to Sabin, who then proceeds to tell us that the main reason those problems were fixed has very little to do with Linehan after all.

Of course, the overall success of an offense ranked sixth in NFL in average yards and seventh in total points can be attributed to its offensive line. That unit has been instrumental in changing the Cowboys’ identity, helping them become the balanced outfit they weren’t in seasons past.

Dallas Cowboys' Jakar Hamilton hoping for a chance - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Hamilton got lost on the depth chart after his four-game suspension to start the season, but with accumulating injuries, Hamilton could be an option as a nickel corner.

"One of the things that Jakar showed us in training camp is that he can play a nickel spot," coach Jason Garrett said. "So he did a lot of that when we had some injuries in camp and did a nice job with it. I don't want to say this in a negative way, but surprisingly so. We kind of viewed him as a safety and then day after day in camp he was playing down around the line of scrimmage in that nickel spot and seemed to handle it fairly well. That's certainly part of the equation as we figure out what our options are. And then Micah Pellerin, our practice squad corner, has a chance to move up. As this week goes on, we'll figure out what the best moves are based on Patmon's availability."

How 10 notable ex-Cowboys have performed: Which ones do you want back? | DMN
The DMN has to dig pretty deep to get to ten names, but they eventually get there: Miles Austin, Martellus Bennett, Chris Canty, Jason Hatcher, Andre Holmes, Mike Jenkins, Adam Jones, Terence Newman, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware. Which one (outside of Ware, that's too easy) would you want back?

Dallas Cowboys' defensive line door not quite as revolving as in 2013 - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer reminds us that the Cowboys used 20 defensive linemen last year, and only four of those players remain on the roster: George Selvie, Nick Hayden, Anthony Spencer, and Kyle Wilber (now a LB).

"We've been more fortunate up to this point on the defensive line and that's been a good thing for us," Garrett said. "We like this rotation, we like this competition the guys have to get a roster spot, be part of the active list on Sunday and then competition for spots and playing time during the game. It's been a good thing. We feel good about that rotation. I think it's been for our team."


Eli Manning had five interceptions, Mark Sanchez had two, and Robert Griffin had two.


49ers hold off Giants with help of five Eli Manning interceptions | ProFootballTalk

Giants coach Tom Coughlin is down to comparing fiascos - ESPN New York
The always perceptive Dan Graziano on the Giants' state of mind:

Giants coach Tom Coughlin, talking about the last two games and looking ahead to next week: "We've had a defensive fiasco. Now we've had an offensive fiasco. Now maybe we can put something together." It's never good when you're comparing fiascoes.

Eli Manning implodes, and the Internet thanks him - Big Blue View
Manning's five-interception game cost the Giants a victory, will start the inevitable questions about his future, and allowed the Internet to continue having a blast at his expense.


Robert Griffin III postgame quotes: ‘It was a travesty.’ - The Washington Post
Griffin sums up the situation:

"The fact of the matter is we’re not a very good football team right now."

Gruden: 'It looked like the first preseason game' | Comcast SportsNet Washington
Even the coaches are at a loss for words in Washington, after losing, at home, to a previously 1-8 team.

After beating Dallas to get some a pulse back into the season, the Redskins have lost two straight to the Vikings and Bucs, teams with losing records coming into the game. They are now 3-7 and, as Griffin said, the playoffs, already a long shot, are no longer a possibility.

"I have no explanation right now," said Gruden.


Eagles left questioning everything -
The Birds have more questions than answers right now.

The tough task might be figuring out exactly what this game says about the 7-3 Eagles. There will be no shortage of people eager to declare them frauds and imposters, forever discredited by falling so hard on such a big stage. And maybe we'll look back in a few months and conclude this was the day the 2014 Eagles showed us who they were.

Rodgers, Packers pick apart Eagles in historic blowout | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
A "terrible" Eagles defense allowed the Packers to score the third-most points ever.

There’s more pressure on the Eagles to win the NFC East than before Sunday, with at least three teams — Green Bay, Arizona and San Francisco — now owning the wild-card advantage over the Eagles in tiebreaker scenarios.

The Philadelphia Eagles are who we thought they were - Bleeding Green Nation
The concerns about the Philadelphia Eagles heading into this season reared their heads in the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Brandon Lee Gowton writes.

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