Redskins players say Washington runs the NFC East, not the Cowboys

You could make a strong argument that through six weeks, the Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFC East. Don't make that argument to Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois though, because he doesn't want to hear it.

After Washington beat Philadelphia 27-20 on Sunday, Francois decided that it would be the perfect time to let everyone know that the 5-1 Cowboys don't run the NFC East.

"We run the damn East," Francois said as he ran to the Redskins locker room after the game. "Not Philly, not Dallas, not all of them. We run the East. Better remember we got that damn title."

Francois is definitely right about one thing: The Redskins are the defending division champions and they "got that damn title" last year.

On the other hand, they're not in first place right now and they already have a loss to the Cowboys under their belt, which makes it kind of tough to agree with Francois that Washington runs the division.

Actually, I take that back. Plenty of people agree with Francois, and most of them play for the Redskins.


That guy at the end is Redskins defensive end Chris Baker, who might have been the most enthusiastic player in the team's locker room after the win over Philly.

"Y'all forgot who the real champs of the NFC East is," Baker said. "Everyone picking them trash-ass Eagles."

I wonder if Baker's nickname for the Eagles will stick.

Anyway, the bad news for the Redskins -- besides the fact that they're not in first place -- is that being the defending champion of the NFC East is generally a bad thing. Over the past 10 years, not one team has repeated as champion.

Finishing in second place in the NFC East is also usually a bad thing. The division hasn't sent two teams to the playoffs since 2009.

That being said, it's easy to see why the Redskins feel confident: They've won four games in a row after being left for dead when they started 0-2.

The upside for everyone is that if the Redskins keep winning, we'll keep getting crazy clips of Redskins players talking trash as they head to the locker room. Last year, we got Kirk Cousins and his "You like that" catchphrase.

This year we have two choices for a catchphrase so far: "We run the damn East" or "Everyone picking them trash-ass Eagles."

Put the first phrase on the front of a t-shirt, put the second phrase on the back. That thing will make millions.

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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