NFL Football: NFC East Top Storylines: Week 11

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IINovember 20, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Chris Snee #76, Eli Manning #10, and Rich Seubert #69 of the New York Giants walk off the field after losing the ball on a fumble in the fourth quarter against of the Dallas Cowboys on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The NFL can be an unfair business in regards to both personnel moves as well as media coverage. As a result of the Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field news, as well as the tightly contested AFC West division race, the majority of storylines in the NFC East have gone overlooked. 

There are many great storylines concerning Week 11 in the NFC East, and I am here to give you, the fans, events to watch for in the NFC East division during Week 11.

4. Are The New York Giants Now Considered "Pretenders" After Week Ten Debacle?

Everything seemed to be going exceptionally well for the Giants until they played the new look Dallas Cowboys last week. 

The Cowboys, led by interim head coach Jason Garrett, completely dominated on both sides of the ball as they found a way to slow down Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw in addition to Jon Kitna finding a number one target in rookie Dez Bryant. Bryant was responsible for three receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown on the way to a 33-20 victory, which leads me to my ultimate question:

Are the New York Giants now considered pretenders in the NFC East?

The Giants now possess a 6-3 record, good for a tie in the division standings with the Philadelphia Eagles, but New York has three key games with two coming against the Eagles and one coming against the red hot Green Bay Packers in the next six weeks, a stretch which could determine their division standing as well as their playoff hopes.

I personally believe that the New York Giants will not be able to perform at a consistent rate during the aforementioned stretch, thereby costing the Giants a playoff berth.

3. What Should The Washington Redskins Do at the Quarterback Position?

The Washington Redskins suffered a 59-28 Monday Night Football defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles and this raised a concern about the quarterback position after Donovan McNabb struggled through a 17/31, 295 yards and three interception day. 

After this horrible game and an inconsistent season, should the Redskins consider releasing or trading McNabb?

In order for the Washington Redskins to succeed, they need to acquire a decent and young quarterback. Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy seems to fit that description and number 12 would be a good option for the Redskins to consider. 

The Washington Redskins need to improve quickly, so I suggest that during the offseason the 'Skins decide to admit failure and put quarterback Donovan McNabb on the trading block.

2. After a dominating win, should the Dallas Cowboys remove the interim tag off of coach Jason Garrett?

In a Week 10 matchup with the New York Giants, the usually anemic Dallas Cowboys cruised to a 33-20 victory in a game which showcased the Cowboys' ability to swing the momentum in their favor. This brings the following question:

Should the Dallas Cowboys remove the "interim" tag from interim head coach Jason Garrett? 

The Cowboys looked extremely impressive on Sunday, including a strong showing by career backup quarterback Jon Kitna, who ultimately proved to be the difference maker in a game dominated by offense.

Dallas has a game against the Lions tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. EST on FOX, a huge test that could possibly determine Garrett's head coaching exploits in the near future. 

If the Cowboys continue to win, the only way I see Owner/GM Jerry Jones making a head coaching personnel move is if either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden show an interest in the Dallas Cowboys' head coaching occupation. However, judging by statements from both Cowher and Gruden, I expect the Dallas Cowboys to retain and ultimately rid Jason Garrett of his interim head coach status.

1. Will Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick win the NFL MVP Award?

Now for the most interesting headline concerning the NFC East Division. After a dominating season so far from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, punctuated with a Week 10 performance in which he accounted for over 400 total yards as well as six touchdowns, to the dismay of the Washington Redskins, will Vick be awarded with the NFL Most Valuable Player Award?

Vick has had a magical season in which he has become a dual threat quarterback and has compiled 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to 341 rushing yards and four touchdowns, to the delight of Eagles' fans, coaches and players as well as Vick's fantasy owners.

Number seven would be running away with the MVP race, except that he fell victim to a hairline collarbone fracture, an ailment which sidelined him for three weeks. 

However, if Michael Vick continues to play at the rate he is performing, he should be able to acquire the MVP Award in what has become a two-man race between him and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, culminating what would be an excellent season and most likely a career year for Vick.

Have any more NFL questions? Be sure to ask them in the "Comments" section and I will attempt to get to as many questions as possible.