This week, Washington made an upgrade in the secondary, Dallas traded for receivers like it's 2008, and the New York fire-sale fizzled faster than Eli Apple's Giants career.
Here's what happened, and what's happening, this week in the NFC East:
New York Giants (1-7)
ICYMI: Odell Beckham made some one-handed catches, Saquon Barkley ran around dudes, and Eli Manning threw a redzone interception. Another standard loss for the Giants, who fell to Washington, 20-13.
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Before that, the front office traded away dominant DT Damon Harrison for a 5th-rounder and disappointing CB Eli Apple for a 4th and 7th.
Spin: Instead of going full Hinkie, the GMen ended up keeping Landon Collins (who will leave in free agency this summer) and Janoris Jenkins. In short, the Giants couldn't even blow up their own team properly. They truly are the NFC's Cleveland Browns.
What's Next: Sweet, merciful bye week, which gives them time to figure out why their second-string quarterback was arrested.
Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
ICYMI: Jerry Jones traded a first-round pick to Oakland in exchange for underperforming wideout Amari Cooper. This was as predictable as a sunset, and ten times as glorious.
Meanwhile, Jason Garrett was spotted at a World Series game in Los Angeles. When asked if he thought this was an appropriate use of his coach's time, Jones said, "I'm not associated with anybody who works any harder than (Garrett)." I don't doubt him.
Spin: If a 3rd-rounder for Golden Tate was an overpay (it wasn't), than a first-rounder for Cooper is a Madoff-esque heist. The 76-year-old Jones has seemingly forgotten the Roy Williams trade of a decade ago, which you may remember resulted in zero Super Bowl victories.
Cooper is due nearly $14 million next year and will presumably get an extension. REMINDER: Jones gave Williams a $54 million extension. Cooper's agent is probably boat shopping at this very moment.
THAT BEING SAID, Cooper is a 24-year-old two-time Pro Bowler, and he immediately becomes their best receiver. Purely from a talent perspective, Dallas got better over the bye … but at a cost.
What's Next: The Tennessee Titans, who aren't nearly as good as the Iggles made them look a month ago.
ICYMI: Washington is off to their best start since Brad Lidge was perfect. The victory over New York wasn't as impressive as the Eagles' win over those same Giants a few weeks ago, but hey, they still count the same. Adrian Peterson filled up the stat sheet with two touchdowns and a 60+ yard rush, which makes up for his fumble in the red zone. Safety D.J. Swearinger had two interceptions, and he should send Manning a fruit basket as thanks.
The big news is the acquisition of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (whose name sounds like a 90's ska band) for a measly fourth-rounder.
Spin: Clinton-Dix has been consistently inconsistent the past few years, which sums up every Packers player not named Aaron Rodgers. Regardless, he should create a formidable pairing with Swearinger. Washington's front office sent a message to their locker room; they're going for it NOW. With a 70-year-old AP as the team's best offensive weapon, that should have already been obvious.
Bottom line: the Green Bay organization made a trade with the Dan Snyder organization. Focusing on that fact by itself, who do YOU think won the trade?
What's Next: Home against the Atlanta Falcons. If Matty Ryan is TRULY a Philadelphian, he'll get the win this weekend.
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