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NFC East Intel: 12.22.15

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On today's edition of NFC East Intel we look at Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks' comments about the Redskins, Odell Beckham Jr.'s suspension and Dallas starting yet another quarterback this season.


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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Headline:Mychal Kendricks Says The Redskins Have "Got Something Coming To Them"

CSN Philly's Reuben Frank caught up with Kendricks just minutes after the Eagles' 40-17 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football. Kendrick added: "If I know this team and I know myself and I know the guys in here, man, the Redskins got something coming to them," he said. "For real. And that's real s---. That's all I've got to say."

What this means for the Redskins:Well, Kendricks certainly isn't lacking in the confidence category, even just minutes after the Cardinals handed his Eagles a 23-point loss in front of a nationally-televised audience.

While the Eagles lost the game, they're still very much alive in the NFC East, as Saturday's game in Philadelphia is the biggest matchup in the division to date.

If the Eagles win, they'll pull even with the Redskins in the division. If Washington pulls out their third straight victory, the NFC East race will be over and the Redskins will have won their second division title in four seasons.

Kendricks is part of a defense that has had mixed results throughout the 2015 season, as they've allowed at least 40 points in each of their last three loses while holding high-octane offenses like the Saints and even the Giants under 20 points.

In five career games against the Redskins, Kendricks has 34 tackles.

Headline:Could The Eagles Make DeMarco Murray Inactive Against The Redskins?

NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks wonders if the Eagles will sit their prized free agent acquisition as a healthy scratch in Philadelphia's most important game of the season.

What this means for the Redskins: It's hard to believe that the Eagles could be alive in the NFC East without even really using Murray, but that's the case for Philadelphia right now.

Entering last Sunday's game with the Cardinals, the Eagles had all 53 active players healthy, and while Murray played, it was in an extremely limited capacity.

Murray recorded just two carries for three yards in the Eagles' lopsided loss.

With Ryan Mathews back from a concussion and running healthy, and Darren Sproles playing his role well, Murray appears to have been pushed out of the rotation.

Over the last four games, Murray has 35 carries for 91 yards.

His last touchdown came in Week 9.


NEW YORK GIANTS

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Headline: Odell Beckham Jr. Suspended One Game For On-Field Actions Vs. Panthers

The NFL announced on Monday that Beckham Jr. has been suspended after losing his cool against the Panthers, being flagged three times for personal foul penalties.  

What this means for the Redskins:With the Giants' playoff chances reeling, they'll have to try and defeat the Vikings on Sunday with their top offensive weapon.

Dubbed as the best 1-on-1 matchup of the season, Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman were extremely physical with each other, with both taking issue with the other, oftentimes after the whistle.

But looking beyond what happened on the field on Sunday, Beckham Jr. has been above and beyond the Giants' best offensive player this season.

Over the last seven games, the LSU product has amassed nine touchdown receptions, while the rest of the Giants receivers have 13 combined.

The only way the Giants can make the playoffs now after losing four of their last five is by defeating the Vikings and Eagles, and the Redskins losing their last two games.

Even with Beckham Jr., Sunday's game against the Vikings will be difficult, as Minnesota (9-5) currently holds one of the two NFC Wild Card spots and is still alive in the NFC North race.

Headline:Jason Pierre-Paul Explains Fireworks Incident

In an interview with former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Pierre-Paul talks about how a firework went off while it was still in his hand, leading to amputation of one of his fingers and him missing a good portion of the season.

What this means for the Redskins:While it was obviously known that Pierre-Paul lost one of his fingers in a Fourth of July fireworks incident, the defensive end didn't explain what happened that night until now.

"The one I was holding. I thought it was a different one, but it wasn't. And it just went off in my hand, right away," Pierre-Paul told Strahan. "I didn't have time to throw. I was throwing them all night and then I light the last one up and it blew off my hand."

Pierre-Paul would miss the first eight games of the season before returning on Week 9 against the Buccaneers.

The South-Florida product has played well at times, but he has just one sack since returning, and that came last Sunday against the Panthers in a losing effort.

Pierre-Paul has been clouded by inconsistent play in his career, as he has two seasons with double-digit sacks, and currently three seasons in which he has less than five.


DALLAS COWBOYS

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Headline:Kellen Moore Will Start For Cowboys

After being given his first NFL action last Saturday against the Jets, Kellen Moore will make his first career start on Sunday against the Bills.* *

What this means for the Redskins:Well, Matt Cassel didn't do it for the Cowboys, turning in a dud against the Jets, so Moore now gets his shot at proving his worth with a Dallas team that will not be playoff bound this season.

Cassel started the game against New York, but after an ugly interception throw and a 19-yard loss on a sack, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett pulled the plug on the USC product in favor of Moore.

Moore – a former Heisman Trophy finalist and two-time All-American at Boise State – went 15-for-25 for 158 yards with one touchdown to three interceptions, accumulating a 52.2 passer rating.

"Just the evaluation of how he did in the ballgame and where we want to be right now offensively," Garrett said of the decision to start Moore, via ESPN.com. "We felt like he did good things for us. Unfortunately, the turnovers he made weren't good, but hopefully he'll learn from the experiences and gives us a chance to move the ball and score some points up there."

Unless something changes, that likely means he'll also start against the Redskins in the regular-season finale at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 3.

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