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Friday, December 21, 2012
Breakfast links: Spencer to return to Dallas?

By Dan Graziano

Washington Redskins

It appears Robert Griffin III is a go for Sunday, assuming nothing new happens to him or his sprained knee between now and then. Let the speculation and debate begin about how close Griffin is to 100 percent and what the Redskins can expect from him against the Eagles.

Dan Daly's having a little fun with Redskins history and some things about it that apply to what's going on now. His column also points out that teams that enter the playoffs on long winning streaks don't always succeed in the playoffs. The problem with that for the Redskins, who have won their past five games, is that if they likely don't have a choice. If they don't enter the playoffs on a long winning streak, they might not enter the playoffs at all.

Dallas Cowboys

Anthony Spencer is having a special season for the Cowboys, who designated him their franchise player in the offseason because they didn't think he'd done enough to warrant a long-term deal yet. He hopes to return next year, and I imagine he will, though it's possible he'd have to accept another franchise designation depending on the rest of their salary-cap situation.

The biggest key to the Cowboys' turnaround this season has been the fact that Tony Romo has stopped throwing interceptions. Amazing, how that works.

New York Giants

Ohm Youngmisuk writes that it's no-more-excuses time for the Giants' pass rush, which needs to start playing at an elite level -- and fast -- if the Giants are to make a run at defending their Super Bowl title.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has said multiple times that he's expecting to be back on the field and playing this week, but it's been an awfully long time since he practiced.

Philadelphia Eagles

With Sunday almost certainly Andy Reid's final home game as Eagles coach, Phil Sheridan writes that Reid finally appears liberated as he makes the kinds of bold roster moves that only a guy free from pressure can confidently make.

Tim McManus has a list of potential head-coaching candidates, and it starts with two current NFL offensive coordinators before moving to the top college candidate.