NFC East News Roundup: Giants in unfamiliar territory, Cowboys show they can win on the ground, and a detailed look at Chip Kelly's beginnings

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Dan Ciarrocchi, and Mike Harar give their semi-weekly roundup of news from the Redskins' division rivals.

New York Giants

  • The Giants fell to 0-3 on Sunday afternoon after being handed the biggest loss in Tom Coughlin's era with the team by the Panthers. The 38-0 defeat provided more of the same turnover woes for the Giants, who gave the ball away three times and now lead the NFL with 13 giveaways. Twenty-seven of the Giants 50 plays from scrimmage either went for no gain, a loss, or a turnover. The Giants have now lost five of their last six regular season games and have been outscored 115-54 this season.

  • Eli Manning was held to 119 passing yards, which matched his lowest total since 2008, when he logged in a meaningless Week 17 loss versus the Vikings. Manning was harassed and beaten all day long by a stout Panthers front seven, who sacked the Giants signal caller seven times.
  • In an 0-3 hole, the Giants are in a territory they have not seen since 1996 when they got off to the same slow start. The last team to make the playoffs despite an 0-3 start is the Buffalo Bills, who did so in 1998.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly has been one of the more intriguing stories in the 2013 season's early stages. Alan Siegel added another detailed chapter to it in an SB Nation longform about Kelly's time at the University of New Hampshire.
  • With the Eagles sitting at 1-2 and in a division that is very much up for grabs, it is fair to wonder if the team considered making a move before the Oct. 29 trade deadline. However, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman put that to rest by saying that making a trade would be "an unlikely scenario" for the team.
  • The Eagles announced on Monday that CB Brandon Hughes has been released with an injury settlement. Hughes was placed on short-term injured reserve last week when the team brough-in Roc Carmichael from the Houston Texans practice squad. Hughes' release means the Eagles now have six cornerbacks on the active roster.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced in the days leading up to Week 3 that the team would be more committed to the run. He stayed true to his word, and Garrett got a dominant performance from DeMarco Murray, who rushed 26 times for 175 yards. Dallas rode that performance to a decisive 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys' defense held St. Louis to 223 total yards and had six sacks on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The win pushed them to 2-1 on the season and they are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
  • It was not all good news on Sunday, however, as Miles Austin left the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring and did not return. The injury is not believed to be serious, though, and the team has him listed as day-to-day. Rookie Terrance Williams would get the start in Week 4 at San Diego if Austin cannot play. The other starting wide receiver, Dez Bryant, who was having trouble with his back during practice last week, made it through the whole game unscathed. Bryant stated he is doing better now, but will continue to receive treatment on it and may not practice this week as they prepare to face the Chargers.
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