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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
All-NFC East Team: Week 4 update

By Dan Graziano

Quarterback remains a tough call on this week's edition of the NFC East All-Division Team. I started by eliminating the turnover machines in Dallas and Philadelphia from contention (though their non-turnovers numbers aren't bad, and Michael Vick did just manage to go without a turnover in the biggest game of his season so far) and focus on the Giants' Eli Manning and the Redskins' Robert Griffin III. And I did so while keeping in mind the disclaimer that no one ever reads, in spite of the bold type and capital letters:

This is an All-Division Team based on season performance to date. It is not -- repeat, NOT -- simply a recap of the best performances of the past week. That is why Jason Witten is not on it.

That in mind, how to compare what Manning has done so far with what Griffin has done? Both are 2-2. Manning has 250 more passing yards, but he's put it in the air 36 more times, and besides, Griffin has 249 more rushing yards, so that's a bit of a wash. Griffin has the far better completion percentage, a slightly higher yards-per-attempt average, one interception to Manning's four and the same number of fourth-quarter comebacks. Manning has more touchdown passes, 7 to 4, but again, Griffin's rushed for four. Manning had the spot on the team last week, so you'd think Griffin would have to have done something in Week 4 to overtake him. I say he did enough.

This week's team is a bit unbalanced, and isn't going to help me in Dallas. It has nine Eagles, nine Giants, seven Redskins and just two Cowboys. I guess that doesn't look too ridiculous after the way the Cowboys played their most recent game, but I assure you it's based on all four games so far and not any sort of punishment for what we saw Monday.

Anyway, here's the team. More comments to follow:

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (Last week: Eli Manning)

Running back: Alfred Morris, Redskins (Andre Brown)

Wide receiver: Victor Cruz, New York Giants; DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (Cruz, Miles Austin)

Tight end: Martellus Bennett, Giants (Bennett)

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Left tackle: Trent Williams, Redskins (Williams)

Left guard: Evan Mathis, Eagles (Mathis)

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)

Right guard: Chris Snee, Giants (Snee)

Right tackle: Todd Herremans, Eagles (Herremans)

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

Defensive tackle: Cullen Jenkins, Eagles; Rocky Bernard, Giants (Jenkins, Bernard)

Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins; Mychal Kendricks, Eagles (Kerrigan, Kendricks)

Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys; DeMeco Ryans, Eagles (Ryans, Lee)

Cornerback: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eagles, Brandon Carr, Cowboys (Carr, Rodgers-Cromartie)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; Nate Allen, Eagles (Phillips, Gerald Sensabaugh)

Kicker: Lawrence Tynes, Giants (Tynes)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Chris Jones)

Kick returner: David Wilson, Giants (Brandon Banks)

Punt returner: Rueben Randle, Giants (Damaris Johnson)
So that's the team for this week. As ever, I welcome your thoughts.