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Early Division Lead On The Line Tonight

OK, it's Week 3. Not even October yet. So whoever is leading the division at this point doesn't amount to much.

But if you're watching a horse race, the first thing you look for is to see who came out of the gate fastest. The NFC East isn't at the quarter pole quite yet, but the winner of tonight's game at Cowboys Stadium will be in front by a nose.

If Washington wins, they'll remain the division's only undefeated team. But if the Cowboys win they'll be one of three 2-1 teams, along with the Redskins and Giants. The Cowboys will have the tiebreaker in that scenario, though, because of their superior division record, 1-0. The Redskins and Giants would both be 1-1.

Philadelphia, the favorite to repeat as East champs, could be without quarterback Michael Vick for a little while, though reports Monday morning suggest Vick's right hand is bruised, not broken.

Monday is the Cowboys' only divisional game until Week 8, when they'll play a Sunday-nighter at Philadelphia. They play in the division three of the last four weeks, including both games against the Giants.

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