NFC East All-Division Team: Week 3

September, 21, 2011
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Lots of movement is to be expected on these types of things early in the season, and so it is that we see some major shifts in key spots on this week's All-Division Team. The biggest change this week -- or at least the one likely to stir the most debate -- is at quarterback, where the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo takes over for the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick.

And no, it is not lost on me that there's a chance neither of those guys plays this week. But this team is based solely on 2011 performance to date. And while Vick, Rex Grossman and even Eli Manning after Monday's rough start have all performed very well this year relative to the rest of the league, Romo has statistically outperformed them all. And I'm just not going to hold a Week 1 goal-line fumble and Darrelle Revis interception against him the whole year.

I'll give you the rest of the team now, and then some more thoughts after:

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AP Photo/Tony AvelarTony Romo takes over the top spot at quarterback from Michael Vick.
Quarterback: Tony Romo, Cowboys (Last week: Vick)

Running back: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (McCoy)

Wide receiver: Miles Austin, Cowboys; Hakeem Nicks, Giants (Nicks, DeSean Jackson)

Tight end: Jason Witten, Cowboys (Witten)

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Left tackle: Jason Peters, Eagles (Doug Free)

Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (Lichtensteiger)

Center: David Baas, Giants (Jason Kelce)

Right guard: Chris Snee, Giants (Snee)

Right tackle: Tyron Smith, Cowboys (Kareem McKenzie)

Defensive end: Trent Cole, Eagles; Justin Tuck, Giants (Cole, Jason Babin)

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

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

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

Cornerback: Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles; Asante Samuel, Eagles (Samuel, Mike Jenkins)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; O.J. Atogwe, Redskins (Phillips, Jarrad Page)

Kicker: Dan Bailey, Cowboys (Alex Henery)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

  • Yes, I thought Free had a bad enough game to cost him his spot at left tackle. The best left tackle I saw in Week 2 was Washington's Trent Williams, but he was too shaky in the opener to grab the spot ahead of the ever-steady Peters. Kareem McKenzie on the right side had an uncharacteristically poor game for the Giants, and the rookie in Dallas has looked extremely good so far.
  • At center, tough game for the rookie Kelce in Philly. I gave strong consideration to giving this spot to Washington's Will Montgomery for his work in the run game, but he looks too vulnerable to an inside pass rush. Baas' biggest problem seems to be the occasional communication breakdown with left guard David Diehl, and I'm not sure whose fault that is. Overall, he's played the best.
  • I thought about giving Michael Boley one of the outside linebacker spots, even though the 4-3 OLBs are at a major disadvantage against the pass-rushing 3-4 guys. Boley's been outstanding, and his fumble-recovery touchdown was a game-changer Monday night for the Giants. But Ware and Kerrigan have been superb and did nothing in Week 2 to warrant losing their spots.
  • I don't think anyone in the division is playing cornerback especially well. Of course, looking at the passing numbers around the league, I'm not sure anyone in any other division is playing cornerback especially well either.
  • Sample size still too small on kickers. Bailey missed an easy one early in Week 2 but hit the big one to send it to overtime and then the game winner. Graham Gano also hit a game-winner for the Redskins, but he's 1-for-3 in the 30- to 39-yard range. Blech. As for punter, Sav Rocca has seven punts downed inside the 20-yard line. No one else in the division has more than two.

Fire away. Let me know what you think. As usual, I'll spend part of the day in the comments to try to answer questions about this as they arise.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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