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Two out of three ain’t bad

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I want you,

I need you

But-there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you

Now don’t be sad

’Cause two out of three ain’t bad

The memorable words of the immortal lyricist, Meatloaf, ring true for Redskins fans today in more than one sense.

Most immediately, we have the results of the three Sunday games involving our rivals from the NFC East, and while the results aren’t perfect, they ain’t bad.

New Orleans 33

NY Giants 18

This result is much as expected. New Orleans took the NFL’s second-most potent scoring offense (behind the Rams) into New Jersey and simply overwhelmed a Giants team that just doesn’t seem to be very good. The Giants fall to 1-3, and face the prospect of being entirely out of contention for the playoffs by the time the Redskins face them in Week 8. The next three opponents on New York’s schedule are the Panthers, Eagles and Falcons, with two out of three (dyswidt?) on the road. It’s probably a week or two too early to stick a fork in the Giants, but they are definitely turning slowly over the open fire at the moment.

Tennessee 26

Philadelphia 23

With the Eagles coming into Week 4 technically in first place by virtue of having beaten the Colts while the Redskins had lost to Indy, this was a result that the Redskins fans really needed, but almost didn’t get. The early part of the game was marked by some very good defense, but it ended up a fairly high scoring affair that went into overtime. Here’s how the Philadelphia Enquirer reported on today’s game:

The Philadelphia loss leaves the Redskins all alone in first place in the NFC East. The lead is slender, but it’s real, and the Eagles are likely to be challenged in two out of three teams they face in the next three weeks, with Vikings playing Philly in the late game on Sunday, followed by the Giants in New York, then the Panthers back at the Linc in Week 7.

The Eagles have another 2 out of 3 stretch immediately after, as they face the Jaguars and their stifling defense, the Cowboys, then a road trip to New Orleans. Pederson, Wentz and Co. are getting a taste of what it’s like to defend a championship trophy, and the answer is, it ain’t easy.

The Redskins, winners of 2 out of 3 games this season, are the only team in the NFC East with a winning record, and while having a bye week isn’t as nice as having a win, when two out of three division rivals lose, it’s better than kissing your cousin.

Dallas 26

Detroit 24

Here’s the fly in the ointment this week. The stupid Lions had one job...

Stafford needed only 3:32 minutes to get his team in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. He torched the Dallas secondary for completions of 35 yards and 38 yards, the second of which was a toss to Tate, who walked into the end zone virtually untouched. With the extra point, the Lions had retaken the lead.

But Dallas had the answer. Starting at their 25-yard line with 2:17 remaining, Dallas marched down the field against the Detroit defense. Out came Maher for a 38-yard field goal attempt. He split the uprights, the hero of the day giving the Cowboys the 26-24 victory and evening their record for the season to 2-2. They’ll now head to Houston to take on the Texans, who squeezed out an overtime win against the Colts today, in a prime-time game next Sunday night.

If the Cowboys can squeeze out a win against the 1-3 Texans, they may begin to feel like their season isn’t lost after all. Unfortunately, they actually did some good things against Detroit.

Ezekiel Elliott had a field day against the worst run defense in the NFL. He erupted for 152 rushing yards on 25 carries for a 6.1 yards-per-carry average, and also hauled in four passes for 88 yards, finishing the day with 240 all-purpose yards.

Dak Prescott reached the magical 200 yards passing mark, earning 255, but he also tossed two touchdowns and no interceptions to post a 118.6 passer rating, his highest of the young season.

In all, the Cowboys totaled 414 yards of offense and were 5-for-12 on third down, a notable improvement.

That’s gotta stop.


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