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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
All-NFC East Team Week 13 update

By Dan Graziano

The New York Giants are dropping in the standings and on the NFC East All-Division Team, where they lost two of their spots this week following Monday night's horrendous performance against the Saints. This week's team includes nine Cowboys, seven Eagles, seven Redskins and four Giants, which may not look totally fair since the Giants have two more wins than the Eagles and Redskins have, but that's not what this is based on. This is based (ATTENTION! Disclaimer That No One Will Read!!!) on overall individual position-by-position performance to date. It is not, repeat NOT, a list of Week 12 awards. That's why Roy Helu isn't on it.

In a couple of cases as noted below. I may have used a Week 12 performance as one of several factors to help decide a close competition. But in no case was Week 12 performance the only determining factor in whether a guy got, kept or lost his spot. Okay, maybe one. But even in that one, as you'll see, it's not as though it was a clear-cut deal to begin with.

Anyway, quarterback stays the same. Tony Romo and Eli Manning are still very close, both having great years and both having played leading roles in their teams' successes. But Romo's team is having more success, especially lately, and he gets the nod for the second week in a row.

The rest of the explanations follow the team.

Quarterback: Tony Romo, Cowboys (Last week: Romo)

Running back: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (McCoy)

Wide receiver: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, Giants (Nicks, Cruz)

Tight end: Jason Witten, Cowboys (Witten)

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Left tackle: Jason Peters, Eagles (Peters)

Left guard: Evan Mathis, Eagles (Mathis)

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)

Right guard: Danny Watkins, Eagles (Watkins)

Right tackle: Tyron Smith, Cowboys (Smith)

Defensive end: Trent Cole, Eagles; Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants (Cole, Pierre-Paul)

Defensive tackle: Jay Ratliff, Cowboys; Cullen Jenkins, Eagles (Ratliff, Jenkins)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Ryan Kerrigan)

Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)

Cornerback: Terence Newman, Cowboys; Asante Samuel, Eagles (Newman, Corey Webster)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; Gerald Sensabaugh, Cowboys (Phillips, Abram Elam)

Kicker: Dan Bailey, Cowboys (Bailey)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Steve Weatherford)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
So there it is. Let me know what I got wrong.