Uncle Jimmy is probably sleeping off a wild night spent cursing the Cowboys’ win over the hapless Buccaneers. So here I am with a stop-gap linky. Today’s theme: NFC East heroes. Three articles for each team highlighting some of their stand-out players.
Why aren’t Cruz and JPP on the Pro Bowl ballot? – New York Daily News
Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul are having breakout seasons for the Giants and are easily two of the best players at their positions in the NFC. But their names are not on the Pro Bowl ballot. Why? They were left off the ballot by the choice of the Giants’ organization. Duh.
Eli Manning leading Giants run back to playoffs – Washington Examiner
Manning has made winning very exciting this season. Five of New York’s wins have resulted from fourth-quarter rallies, the most recent being a 37-34 win over Dallas on Sunday in which New York came back from a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes to take over first place in the NFC East.
Giants rookie Henry Hynoski boosts run game by creating big holes – NJ.com
Those big holes have helped fuel the Giants’ resurgence the past couple weeks since Hynoski returned to the lineup against the New Orleans Saints. Since then, the Giants have had two of their six 100-yard rushing games, including 110 in Sunday night’s victory.
Rest of the East after the break
McCoy needs just one more TD to match Eagles record – Philadelphia Inquirer
LeSean McCoy, with an NFL-leading 17 touchdowns, is one score short of tying the Eagles team record for touchdowns in a season. He also needs one more rushing score this season to tie the Eagles record in that category. Steve Van Buren holds both marks.
Eagles’ Jason Peters, the best left tackle in the NFL – BradentonHerald.com
While it has been overshadowed by the Eagles’ disappointing 5-8 record, Peters, a four-time Pro Bowler, is having the best season of his career. Right here, right now, he is the best left tackle in the NFL. “Oh yeah, I really believe that,” Mudd said this week. “If anyone doesn’t think (Peters is the best left tackle in the league), I would categorically ask them to give me one who is as good. I didn’t say better. I said as good. So that puts him in a pretty rarified place.
How Eagles’ Babin became a pass-rushing force – Philadelphia Inquirer
DeMarcus Ware’s or Jared Allen’s position coaches may disagree, but Babin at least deserves to be mentioned among the candidates. Only the Cowboys linebacker and Vikings defensive end have more sacks than Babin’s 271/2 over the last two seasons. His relentless pursuit of quarterbacks has been one of the few bright spots for an Eagles team that will be on the brink of postseason elimination when it hosts the New York Jets on Sunday.
Romo nearly flawless vs. Bucs – Star-Telegram
For all the talk of his December record — he is only 1-2 this season and 8-12 in his career — Romo has gone 72 for 103 for 869 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions and a 121.4 passer rating this month, though the Cowboys now are only 1-2. In the first half Saturday, Romo became the team’s first quarterback to throw three touchdowns and run for another as the Cowboys built a 28-0 lead. He went 18-for-22 for 189 yards and three touchdowns, while scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Felix Produces Another Stellar Outing – Dallascowboys.com
Before DeMarco Murray’s injury, Jones had just two 100-yard games in his four-year career, but added two more in consecutive games against the Giants and Buccaneers. Jones now has three 100-yard games this year, all occurring while running behind fullback Tony Fiammetta.
Cowboys Pro Bowlers DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff rest in second half – The Dallas Morning News
When the Cowboys were up 28-0 by halftime against Tampa, the Cowboys pulled DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff, to rest them for the upcoming game against the Eagles. Ware is dealing with a stinger that he re-aggravated on the second play of the game, Ratliff has a rib muscle strain. Neither played in the second half.
Roy Helu of Redskins sparks running game against Giants – NYPOST.com
The Redskins rank just below the league-worst Giants in average rushing yards this season, but don’t blame the meager stats (93.8 per game) on rookie Roy Helu. Since moving into the starting lineup three games ago, Helu has rushed for an NFC-best 334 yards, becoming the first Redskins rookie to gain at least 100 yards in three consecutive games.
Redskins’ Donté Stallworth making the cut as a trusty third-down option – Washington Times
Since the Redskins re-signed Stallworth on Nov. 15 after waiving him a week earlier, quarterback Rex Grossman has relied on him when the Redskins need to extend drives. He converted three third downs against New England last Sunday, and he caught the game-tying touchdown on third down in the final seconds of regulation against Dallas on Nov. 20. Stallworth, an eight-year NFL veteran, has excelled on third down partly because he is savvy in situations when the defense is expecting pass
Report: Robert Griffin III’s parents interviewing agents – ProFootballTalk
The Redskins need to cast their net far and wide for a franchise quarterback, and RG3 could just be the guy – provided the Redskins don’t worsen their draft stock by pulling off a win against the Giants.