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New York Giants remain winless

The Redskins, last year's surprise division champion, are 0 3 as well, falling 27 20 to a Detroit team that was 0 for forever when playing at Washington. (The Lions are now 1 21 if you're scoring at home. got off to an 0 5 beginning.

And then there are Chip Kelly's Eagles, who dropped a 26 16 decision to Andy Reid and his upstart Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night in Philadelphia, getting the whole Week 3 carnage started in the division. After a spectacular first two quarters in their opener at Washington in Week 1, the Eagles have been pretty pathetic, and find themselves sitting 1 2 and facing a three game road trip in the coming weeks. The air has come out of the balloon in Philly in the blink of an eye, and the loss to the Chiefs looked an awful lot like many of the 12 defeats the Eagles incurred last year, when things spiraled out of control in Reid's final season.

In truth, greatness and the NFC East haven't belonged in the same sentence for a while now, with the division champion winning only 9 or 10 games for the past three years now. But good golly, this year is ugly so far, and the worst of it is in New York, where the Giants have now lost eight of their past 11 games since last year's 6 2 start. At least this year New York doesn't have to worry about its perennial pattern of getting off to a great start and then swooning in the season's second half. And don't look now, but New York in Week 4 travels to undefeated Kansas City (3 0), which will be fresh from its 10 day break between games. Clearly there's more fun to come.

At halftime, the Giants trailed 17 0, with 18 yards of offense, one passing yard and two first downs. A David Wilson touchdown run was wiped out by a penalty, and a 38 yard Josh Brown field goal attempt was badly missed. Manning finished just 12 of 23 for 119 yards and another interception, giving him eight this season in three games. And to think Carolina cheap red bottoms came into the game short handed on pass defense due to injuries (Coughlin called it a "chopped up secondary''). But New York's passing game still couldn't take advantage.

Was it really just more than 19 months ago that Coughlin's Giants won their second Super Bowl title in a five year span? It seems eons ago. And while New York last week cited its 0 2 start in 2007 also a Super Bowl season as a reminder of what could still be this year, there were no such delusional statements this time around. The Giants have never recovered from an 0 3 start to make the playoffs, and both they and the Redskins are facing long odds to be alive in January. Since the NFL went to its 12 team playoff format in 1990, only three of 115 teams that started 0 3 rallied to make the playoffs, and no one has done it since '98.

I barely mentioned the Cowboys (2 1) above, because they don't deserve to be lumped in with the rest of the division in any way, shape or form. louboutin shoes replica Dallas throttled St. Louis 31 7 in statement game fashion on Sunday, running out to a 24 0 third quarter lead and cruising to its second home win of the season. It's the first time in the five year history of AT Stadium that the Cowboys have started 2 0 at home, and at this rate, they might win the NFC East by default. (I know this much: I'm glad Dallas was my preseason pick to win the division, because any other call would have represented egg on my face after three weeks.)

Green Bay forced four Bengals turnovers, and piled up 299 yards of offense in the second half alone, but the Packers are 1 2 because rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled away a carry on a questionable 4th and 1 call at the Bengals' 30 with just under four minutes remaining. A 47 or 48 yard Mason Crosby field goal would have given the Packers a six point lead to protect. On Franklin's fumble, safety Reggie Nelson recovered, then fumbled, but the ball bounced to cornerback Terence Newman, who took it the remaining 58 yards for the game winning touchdown.

Don't think for a minute the league office was thrilled with the decision of the 49ers' organization to go silent for two days and apparently leave it up to the NFL to cheap red bottom shoes mete out the disciplinary action against San Francisco's Aldon Smith, who was arrested early Friday morning on the suspicion of driving under the influence. The league would have been fully supportive if the 49ers had taken the lead and announced some punishment of Smith, but they have unsurprisingly opted to let the NFL play the enforcer role.

Shame on the 49ers, too, for letting Smith play against Indianapolis on Sunday, rather than taking a stand and making a strong statement about Smith's continued reckless behavior. Smith reportedly is being encouraged to seek rehabilitation for his substance abuse issues (and it was announced after the game that he will take an indefinite leave from the team), but the league is fully expected to add to his time away from the game at some point in the future. This was Smith's second DUI arrest, and as a repeat offender he christian louboutin replica could be in for a three or four game suspension, with the league expected to wait for the legal process to play out before making any announcement on his fate.

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