Is Ezekiel Elliott to blame for Cowboys' loss to Seattle?
Dallas Cowboys: Running back Ezekiel Elliott said he is to blame for Sunday's loss to Seattle. He carried the ball 16 times for 127 yards, but he said his errors -- a dropped wide-open pass, a penalty the nullified a 31-yard touchdown and a fourth-quarter fumble -- outweighed the good. "That loss is on me," he said, via the team's official website. "I had a poor performance today. Did well in the run game. But overall, I dropped the ball." Of the fumble, he said: "When you've got that ball in your hand, that's the team in your hand. Me being a leader on the team, me being a better player on this team, I've got to do a better job taking care of the ball. That cost us the game."
New York Giants: It's amazing the difference a win can make. The Giants had love and smiles all around in the locker room after their 27-22 win over Houston on Sunday -- their first victory of the season. Head coach Pat Shurmur started off the postgame celebration by praising his team. "I've always known you're tough. I've always known you're gritty," Shurmur said. "And now we made enough plays through the course of the game to beat a pretty good football team. And this feeling that we have, it's got to be this weird drug you can't get enough of -- because that's why we do this thing." Shurmur followed by presenting the first game ball to general manager Dave Gettleman; captain Eli Manning presented Shurmur with one of his own.
Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson finally got his starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, back from injury. Now, Pederson said Wentz's top target could be back soon. The coach said Monday afternoon that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hasn't been cleared for contact but that his shoulder injury is improving and he is getting closer to a return. He added that running backs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are day to day and should practice this week. Pederson said the offense isn't operating at full speed yet. "But it's OK because defense and special teams kind of carry the load early in the season, and our offense kind of plays catch-up just a little bit," he said. "And when the offense catches its stride, then you've got a good thing going."
Washington Redskins: Members of the Redskins' defense felt good about their effort in their 31-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday. "We're not here to play games, man," safety D.J. Swearinger Sr. said. "This is not your old Redskins that, you know, is something to laugh at." The Redskins held the Packers to 100 yards rushing and 340 yards on 66 plays. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has a lingering knee injury, completed 27 of 44 passes. "Yeah, he's not [100 percent]. But, he's still Aaron Rodgers," cornerback Josh Norman said. "His 60 or whatever percent he is, 65 percent, is still better than, out of the quarterbacks there's 32 in the league, I'd say 30."