Ravens Accuse Eagles of Dirty Play, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with the players at warmups just before the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers during the season opening NFL game at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens might be a pot calling a kettle black, but it's still interesting to hear Baltimore players claim that the Philadelphia Eagles played dirty in Sunday's feisty affair at Lincoln Financial Field.

"They take a couple of shots, that's just how they're coached," said fullback Vonta Leach, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. "They play dirty. They take shots after the play, a lot of dirty stuff after plays. We weren't going to back down. We weren't going to take that. Anytime someone thinks they're a bully, you got to step up or they'll keep doing it."

Lots of good teams take liberties where they can, and the Ravens are no exception. This is sour grapes more than anything else.

On to the rest of the top stories from the NFL's most popular division.

Dallas Cowboys

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News asks what to happened Kevin Ogletree, who was held to just one catch against Seattle, pissing off enterprising fantasy owners across the nation.

Jon Machota of the same publication notes that only seven of the 17 passes thrown at Jason Witten and Dez Bryant were caught.

New York Giants

We're awaiting MRI results for Ahmad Bradshaw and David Diehl, but Dan Benton of Giants 101 notes that it looks like Diehl has escaped serious injury.

From Ralph Vacchiano and Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: Greg Schiano wasn't about to apologize for having his guys go after Eli Manning in victory formation at the end of the game.

Philadelphia Eagles

In a takedown of the horrible officiating around the league Sunday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King focuses particularly on Eagles-Ravens, which might have displayed the worst officiating I've ever seen on a professional level.

From Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com: There is concern surrounding the knee injury suffered by center Jason Kelce. The second-year man is tremendously important to the Philly offense.

Washington Redskins

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler writes that Mike Shanahan's decision to attempt a field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-16 in the final moments went against the odds.

John Keim of the Washington Examiner points out that the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty wasn't Josh Morgan's only mistake on that fateful play. Morgan also turned the wrong way as he made the catch, looping backward and costing his team a first down.