Following are some of the whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC East:
• The Giants have asked QB Eli Manning to look back at how he finished his 2007 season as a way of curbing his too-frequent turnovers this season. Although Manning is in no danger of losing his job, there is some growing frustration over his off-target throws and fumbles. In '07, Manning took poor care of the ball through much of the season but placed a higher emphasis on ball security down the stretch, and that helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl title.
• There is some growing concern that Redskins SS LaRon Landry's season might be over as he is suffering through an Achilles injury. If so, it would be the latest blow to a hard-knock defense that has failed to stop most teams' passing attacks, especially considering that Landry has been one of the group's breakout players. Although the safety depth is decent, no player can match what Landry does for this team.
• Eagles OLT Jason Peters is coming on. He had started slowly and looked overweight this season, fighting through some injuries, but in recent games Peters has played at a very high level. Eagles officials believe Peters is playing at the level they expected when Andy Reid made the trade for him two years ago, and they believe he'll finish the season strong.
• With each passing game and a markedly improved effort on the field, Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett moves closer toward earning his job on a permanent basis. There was no shame in losing to the Saints on Thanksgiving, twice coming back from 17-point deficits and displaying great effort in the process. Garrett's no-nonsense, detailed approach has been the antidote for Wade Phillips' laissez-faire style and has injected some life and discipline into a talented but formerly misguided team.