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Doug Farrar

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NFC East is anyone's ballgame

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I'm not sure that the Cowboys are overrated, because I always had difficulty rating them in the first place. When you guarantee $30 million in a single season to your three top receivers as Dallas has in 2010, but you put together a piecemeal offensive line and hope for the best, you're generally going to get skunked more often than not. It doesn't matter how fancy you try and make this game - it starts up front, and that's something the 'Boys just don't seem to understand under their current management.

Trading for Alex Barron - actually going out of your way to put a guy with a league-leading 75 penalties in the last five years on your roster - tells me that at their heart, Cowboys management doesn't get it. Anyone on the Cowboys' staff that was surprised how the game ended should be out looking for work. Brian Orakpo was beating Barron to death, and that's how the guy reacts - he holds. Which part of this do they not understand?

As far as what this does to the NFC East, it's still too early to tell, but this division is clearly wide open. The Redskins are still waiting for their first offensive touchdown in the regular season, Kevin Kolb has proven nothing in Philly, the Giants have serious issues with their running game, and Dallas may be all hat and no cattle.

The good news for Redskins fans is that, despite a major coaching overhaul in the offseason, they may have the most complete team from a roster perspective. Jim Haslett's defense seems totally suited to its personnel (one big whiny crybaby notwithstanding), and you know that offense will come around. Trent Williams looked pretty amazing in his first pro game, all things considered - most rookies that hit their debut against DeMarcus Ware would dry up and blow away, but Silverback kept his head in the game. It's things like that -- the nice little surprises as you go through the season - that could leave Redskins fans surprised and very happy when all is said and done.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 14, 2010; 2:45 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Doug Farrar , New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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