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NFC East Preview: Week 12

Week 12 is now officially here and the race in the NFC East has gotten even more fascinating with the red-hot New York Giants defeating the Green Bay Packers extending their winning streak to four games while Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins to take the lead in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a bye week and will head to the Meadowlands to face the Giants who have seen resurgence on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles will be on their bye week this week which means that teams such as the Cowboys or Giants can make moves in creeping closer to capturing the NFC East lead. The Redskins, coming off a tough loss against the Eagles, are staring at the distinct possibility of being eliminated from the NFC East division race if they lose to the San Francisco 49ers this week.

San Francisco 49ers (6-4) vs Washington Redskins (3-7)
The defending NFC Champion 49ers and the Washington Redskins are coming off very tough losses respectively and both teams are now fighting for their playoff lives. The 49ers are treading water in the competitive NFC West division with the surprising Arizona Cardinals tied with them recordwise (6-4). The Redskins must view this game as a must win to possibly stay in the NFC Division race as the entire complexion of the divisional race now changing as the New York Giants have caught fire the past four games. The 49ers have to put Sunday’s tough loss behind them quickly and prepare for the Redskins on the road in Washington if they are to stay in the NFC Wild Card chase.

Dallas Cowboys (5-5) vs New York Giants (4-6)
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their bye week and they will be facing an immediate challenge in facing the red-hot New York Giants at the Meadowlands. The Giants need Eli Manning to not turn the ball over as the Cowboys will be look for an opportunity to grab an early advantage against the Giants. This is a much different Giants team the Cowboys will be facing as compared to Week 1 when the Giants turned the ball over six times contributing to the Cowboys victory in that game and their 0-6 start. Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones said that Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee could return sooner than the 3-4 week timetable to return from the injury he sustained in the loss against the New Orleans Saints. With Sean Lee’s absence, the Cowboys defensively have missed his presence on the field and the Giants will look to take advantage of the Cowboys defense and continue to run the ball effectively with Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs.

photo by: Keith Allison

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