It was after midnight, and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was still at his locker stall. Dressed in a red and black plaid shirt, cargo pants and socks, he lingered after most of his teammates had left, answering every last question about a Monday night victory over the Washington Redskins. It would be another couple hours before his head hit the pillow.
1.0 percent. The Redskins have been swept by the division-leading Eagles, which puts their chances at winning the NFC East at slim to none. Their chances aren’t helped by the fact that their next four games are against the Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings and Saints, who have a combined .640 winning percentage this season.
17.2 percent. The Falcons had a 72 percent chance to win the NFC South after their 3-0 start, but those odds have fallen drastically after losing three straight. Atlanta’s division chances could hinge on the stretch run. The Falcons play five of their last six games against division foes.
Spence originally suffered a dislocation and torn labrum in Week 4 of last season, but he continued to play through it, wearing a neoprene harness designed to keep the shoulder in place. The dislocation happened again in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers, and he popped it back into place on the field.
He underwent surgery this past offseason to correct it and spent the offseason rehabbing it while undergoing a stunning physical transformation that prompted teammate Gerald McCoy to predict a “breakout year.”
“You should show maturity just like everybody else. Everybody wants to be out there all the time,” Lewis told reporters Monday, according to the team’s website. “But we’re not going to create a run when we are down by 12 or 15 [points]. We’re not going to create it.”