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SNF: Can Philly Get Over The Hump In The NFC East?

People continually point to the NFC East as pro football's best division, and they should. Theso-called "Black and Blue" division features four well-run organizations with rabid fanbases and a clear priority set on not only winning on the field, but running their teams better than anyone else in the league. It should be no surprise that the New York Giants look poised to repeat as Super Bowl champs, having been a 5-seed in last year's NFC that got their shit together down the stretch in 2007. And despite personnel losses to retirement and injury, they look poised, at 7-1, to do it again. The Eagles finally seem to be healthy enough to answer the bell this week against what nearly everyone is calling the class of the NFL. Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis are healthy, Donovan McNabb is coming off a big game against Seattle last week, and their defense is third in the NFC in yards allowed. First in the NFC? Yep, the Giants. Eli Manning, despite his team's success, can still toss the occasional quail with the worst of 'em. And Philly at home is as tough an out as any in the league. It's a bit early to point to this game as having playoff implications, but if you'd like an early peek at the pecking order of the NFC, you'll want to stick around for this one.


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