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NFC East preview and predictions: Washington are the best of a mediocre bunch

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Ryan Dunleavy previews the NFC East as The Post gives division-by-division breakdowns ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

1. Washington Football Team

Coach: Ron Rivera

2020 record: 7-9

O/U wins: 8.5

Key additions: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Curtis Samuel, OL Ereck Flowers, LB Jamin Davis, CB William Jackson

Key losses: QB Alex Smith, RT Morgan Moses, DE Ryan Kerrigan, CB Ronald Darby

Despite his propensity for turnovers Ryan Fitzpatrick is an upgrade for Washington at QB.
Despite his propensity for turnovers Ryan Fitzpatrick is an upgrade for Washington over last year’s QB situation.
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First-and-goal: The defensive front of Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne — four first-round picks — could wreck games. But don’t sleep on the rest of the defense, either, especially the cornerback pairing of Jackson and Kendall Fuller. Washington won the division last season with a losing record and four different starting QBs. So, you can call Fitzpatrick a roller-coaster ride, but he also is an upgrade. Washington has a sneaky good cast of young playmakers led by RB Antonio Gibson and WR Terry McLaurin.

Fourth-and-long: The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat winner since 2004, but you might be surprised to hear Washington has won the title three times since 2012. Will Fitzpatrick win more games with huge passing numbers than he loses with foolish turnovers? Best bet is to hope the numbers offset and the rest of the team does its job. One thing to keep an eye on is the short patience Ron Rivera (a cancer survivor) has for unvaccinated players. If the Bills’ locker room is most likely to be disrupted by vaccination status, Washington is the NFC leader.

Dunleavy’s Decision: 9-8. The NFC East’s heyday is a long time ago now. Washington is the best of a mediocre bunch.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Coach: Mike McCarthy

2020 record: 6-10

O/U wins: 9.5

Key additions: S Keanu Neal, LB Micah Parsons, DL Brent Urban

Key losses: QB Andy Dalton, CB Chidobe Awuzie, OLB Aldon Smith

First-and-goal: QB Dak Prescott is the best in the division. That’s a huge head-to-head advantage over Jalen Hurts, Daniel Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick. And, as usual, the Cowboys have the most-talented top-to-bottom roster in the division. A lot of “ifs” come with that. If … Ezekiel Elliott returns to form he can win a third rushing title (he is only 26 years old), if the once-dominant offensive line led by mainstays OT Tyron Smith and OG Zack Martin stays healthy, if DeMarcus Lawrence is still a game-wrecking pass-rusher … then the Cowboys could win the division.

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Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will both be hoping for bounce-back campaigns.
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Fourth-and-long: Talent alone hasn’t gotten the Cowboys very far in the last 25 years. McCarthy, a Super Bowl winner, was supposed to get them over the hump but wound up on the hot seat after just one season. He hired DC Dan Quinn — an architect of the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” — to fix a historically bad pass defense, but the personnel didn’t receive a major upgrade, so a lot is reliant upon Quinn’s schemes. On top of recovering from a season-ending compound ankle fracture, Prescott’s shoulder bothered him all summer. It’s unlikely he makes 17 starts.

Dunleavy’s Decision: 8-9. The Cowboys were a surprisingly boring “Hard Knocks” team. Maybe that bodes well for limiting in-season drama.

3. New York Giants

Coach: Joe Judge

2020 record: 6-10

O/U wins: 7.5

Key additions: WR Kenny Golladay, WR Kadarius Toney, TE Kyle Rudolph, CB Adoree Jackson, OLB Azeez Ojulari

Key losses: OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Golden Tate, DT Dalvin Tomlinson

First-and-goal: After ranking No. 31 in scoring offense last season, the Giants prioritized adding playmakers. Golladay, Toney and Rudolph fit the bill, but the biggest addition would be a fully healthy RB Saquon Barkley, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 2 last season. With this lineup, the Giants should be able to make more downfield throws and be more effective in the red zone rather than playing to avoid turnovers. Potential exists for a top-10 defense with a star at every level: DL Leonard Williams, LB Blake Martinez, CB James Bradberry and S Logan Ryan.

Fourth-and-long: The offensive line could implode a promising season. It’s five starters age 25 or younger with high upside but a history of inexperience, struggles or both. The safest bet is C Nick Gates, in just his second year at a new position. QB Daniel Jones was a turnover machine for the first 21 games of his career but curtailed the problem at the end of last season. Did he nip ball security in the bud for good? Golladay, Toney, Rudolph and Barkley all missed about 90 percent of training camp, so chemistry with Jones will be a work in progress.

Dunleavy’s Decision: 7-10. A 9-8 finish would satisfy fans and ownership, but all the playmakers in the world won’t matter if the blocking fails.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Coach: Nick Sirianni

2020 record: 4-11-1

O/U wins: 7.5

Key additions: WR DeVonta Smith, DE Ryan Kerrigan, S Anthony Harris

Key losses: QB Carson Wentz, WR Alshon Jeffrey, WR DeSean Jackson, CB Jalen Mills, P Cam Johnson

First-and-goal: Teams with top-notch lines on both sides of the ball rarely finish in last place. And the Eagles still have Super Bowl holdovers RT Lane Johnson, OG Brandon Brooks and C Jason Kelce on offense, and DE Brandon Graham, DE Derek Barnett and DT Fletcher Cox on defense. Including last season’s unexpected debacle, the Eagles have finished worse than 7-9 just twice since 2006 — and both times the head coach (Andy Reid, Doug Pederson) was fired. QB Jalen Hurts showed promising flashes as a rookie.

Jalen Hurts
The Eagles have committed to Jalen Hurts as their starting QB after trading Carson Wentz.
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Fourth-and-long: Teams with question marks at head coach and quarterback rarely make the playoffs. The Eagles didn’t want to fire Pederson, but he forced their hand by refusing ownership-recommended tweaks. The Eagles didn’t envision Hurts as a starter in the second year of his career, but Wentz forced a trade by essentially quitting during tough times. It feels like this roster might be overdue for an overhaul — and Giants fans know all too well what happens when nostalgia lets a team grow stale. TE Zach Ertz, a prominent team leader, is disgruntled.

Dunleavy’s Decision: 6-11. National perception of the Eagles is a bottom-10 team. Vibes out of Philly is a sleeper playoff team. Something has to give.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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