NFC East: 2013 Week 11 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: New York Giants

November, 17, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room following the New York Giants' 27-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers:

The second "P" stands for "prescient": Justin Tuck interrupted Jason Pierre-Paul's postgame news conference to inform reporters that Pierre-Paul had predicted his game-clinching interception in the huddle prior to the play. Pierre-Paul said he saw the Packers' formation, figured out that they were running a screen pass to his side, and jumped at the line to get both hands on a pass he knew was coming. He returned the interception 24 yards for a touchdown that set the final score at 27-13. "I told him I'd only seen one other guy make that play, and it was another No. 90," said linebacker Jon Beason, referring to his former Carolina Panthers teammate, Julius Peppers.

Team game: Running back Andre Brown said he didn't care that Brandon Jacobs vultured his goal-line touchdown because he [Brown] did the same thing many times last year to Ahmad Bradshaw. "As long as we get the score and B.J. keeps the pile moving, it's all good."

Aw, shucks: Told that his teammates gave him credit for the in-season turnaround of the defense, Beason grinned and said, "Well, they're nice guys."

Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins

November, 17, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

Simmer down: When left tackle Trent Williams was relaying what an official had said to him, several teammates tried to get him to stop. Initially no one was loud, but then receiver Pierre Garcon from across the room started in, trying to prevent Williams from eventually earning a fine. “I hear ya,” he said when Williams said why he was saying something, “but they're going to fine you.” That clearly didn't matter to Williams. And if he's right, there's no need for him to be the one worried about a fine. A loud discussion continued as the players showered.

Injury update: The Redskins have several players who will need MRIs on Monday, with receiver Leonard Hankerson possibly tearing his lateral collateral ligament -- the same ligament Robert Griffin III first hurt last December. Defensive end Stephen Bowen said he suffered no ligament damage, but will have an MRI. He's been playing with a meniscus tear. Corner/safety E.J. Biggers will get an MRI to see if he tore cartilage. Garcon said his ankle was hurting him badly after the game. Tight end Jordan Reed suffered a concussion and will follow the league's mandated medical protocol throughout the week. Safety Brandon Meriweather injured his arm, though coach Mike Shanahan did not include him on his postgame injury report.

Wash, rinse, repeat: The Redskins' locker room feels the same after games these days. Players talking about how they're better than this, and how they can't explain the constant losing. They still seem to take losses hard; it would be wrong to think they're immune from it. But numb? Yeah, probably. “Week to week it's a struggle,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said.

Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles

November, 17, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Seen and heard in the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room after their 24-16 victory over Washington on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy are OK. McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, left the game late in the first half with a hamstring injury. He returned for the second half. McCoy said it felt like the hamstring "gave out" but after moving around a bit, it felt fine.

Foles took a hit after throwing a pass earlier on the same drive. He kept shaking out his right arm and shrugging his shoulder. He said it was a little sore, but all the gesticulating was just to keep it loose. "I thought he was trying to get the fans into the game," coach Chip Kelly said.

That's a lot of grass. That's how Buddy Ryan described Randall Cunningham's surprise quick kicks. Cunningham once punted the ball 91 yards in the Meadowlands. Donnie Jones' 70-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the Eagles' longest punt since Cunningham hit one 80 yards in 1994. It rolled out of bounds at the Washington 4-yard line.

"That was huge," linebacker Connor Barwin said. "That was like having a 12th man playing defense for us."

Cincinnati in the house. Barwin had a huge sack inside the 10-yard line, forcing Robert Griffin III to fumble. Trent Cole had two sacks. Brent Celek had a 42-yard catch to set up a touchdown. Jason Kelce anchored the offensive line. All four played at the University of Cincinnati.

"It was a great day for the Bearcats," Barwin shouted as Cole answered reporters' questions.

"Go, Bearcats," Cole responded.

So much for the Oregon East rep Kelly's team was developing.