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, ending his season with a broken fibia and tibia. The Texans ended up winning the game 23-21, dropping Washington to 6-4 on the season, just one game ahead of the 5-5 Dallas Cowboys. Colt McCoy came into the game for Smith, completing 6-of-12 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.The injury changes the outlook for Washington’s season significantly, as McCoy hasn’t started a game since 2014. The 32-year-old is 7-18 in his career as a starter, having thrown just 23 passes in the last 3.5 years, more than half of which came on Sunday. Perhaps McCoy has an unexpected hot streak in him, but certainly the perception right now is that Washington could lose their lead in the NFC East after having pulled out to an early lead as the Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants all played well below expectations.But Dallas has now won two in a row following a 22-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Eagles are in the midst of getting blown out as I write this and will be 4-6 by the end of the day, but they can’t be counted out; believe it or not, neither can the 3-7 Giants, who won 38-35 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.It seems likely that a 9-7 record could win the NFC East, so can New York win out?The first test for two of these teams come next week as Philly hosts the Giants. The loser of that game will have virtually no shot at the division. If New York wins Chris Carson Color Rush Jersey
, they’ll be 4-7 following a 1-7 start. If the Eagles win, they’ll be 5-6 with two games left against Washington and one against the Cowboys.Dallas has three straight home games now, including against Washington this Thanksgiving; win and they’ll have the same record as Washington, splitting the season series 1-1. If Washington wins, they’ll have a huge advantage, going 2-0 versus the Cowboys with a one game lead in the standings. Despite Smith’s injury, that’s how close they are to a virtual three-game lead in the division with five games to go.This is all important to the Seattle Seahawks because why? The winner of the NFC East could very well be the four-seed and host the number one wild card team. If the Seahawks beat the Panthers next Sunday, they’ll be in a wild card spot, and they could even be in the five-seed if the Minnesota Vikings take two more losses in that time period.Washington is trying out three QBs this week who will not do anything to help their chances. It’s been five years since the San Francisco 49ers last defeated the Seattle Seahawks, and seven years since they were winners at CenturyLink Field. Preseason expectations had the 49ers as potential playoff contenders, hence this weekend’s game was scheduled for Sunday Night Football before being yanked on the basis of the Niners being a really bad team.Of course, San Francisco was supposed to have franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season, but he was lost to a torn ACL in early September, and since then they’ve gone to C.J. Beathard and (after a Beathard injury) Nick Mullens. After a sparkling debut against the Oakland Raiders George Fant Color Rush Jersey
, in which he threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions, Mullens has come back down to earth, throwing four interceptions to just two touchdowns. The Niners were held to 9 points by an awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, whose interception count increased from 1 to 3 last weekend.Despite his recent struggles, Head coach Kyle Shanahan is sticking with Mullens as his starter for Sunday, which makes him the fifth 49ers quarterback to face the Seahawks just within the past two years. You don’t need to be good at math to figure out that the 49ers have started/will have started a different quarterback in literally every game against Seattle since 2016.Unbelievably, the last 49ers QB to earn consecutive starts vs. Seattle is Blaine Gabbert, who was at the helm in November 2015 and September 2016, with both games at CenturyLink Field. Colin Kaepernick started in the 2016 regular season finale, in what stands as his most recent NFL appearance to date. In 2017, Kyle Shanahan started the year with Brian Hoyer, who turned in an ass-tacular 15/27 for 99 yards and INT performance in a 12-9 defeat in September. Last November in Santa Clara, the Niners went with C.J. Beathard, who went 22/38 for 201 yards Rashaad Penny Color Rush Jersey
, an INT, and an injury that ushered in the Jimmy Garoppolo era.So there you have it. Gabbert, Kaepernick, Hoyer, Beathard, and now Mullens. The Seahawks have dealt with Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers, and Cam Newton over the past month’s worth of games, so a second-year UDFA in a hostile environment ought to lead to a big day for Seattle’s young defense.