Tonight, at 7:00 P.M., the Brooklyn Nets will battle the crosstown-rival New York Knicks at Barclays Center.

The Nets, losers of four straight games, won the previous matchup 96-89 in overtime, but Brook Lopez has been ruled out. Lopez was instrumental in the first matchup, and after initially being deemed a game-time decision tonight, he's officially been ruled out.

The Knicks, meanwhile, are off to their best start since the 1995-1996 season and are 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 2001.

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Fourth Quarter:

- Nicks and Manning showing that they can consistently connect on these timing routes.

- Tynes 4th field goal of the game gives the Giants the lead once again. The defense must shoulder the load and stop this Cowboys offense which seems to be clicking on all cylinders.

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The NFC East is once again one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and based on the talent level of the teams, it should be even be better.

Only the Redskins are under .500, and even they?ve shown positive signs of being a tough team. Just look at this Sunday?s game against the Giants, in which Eli Manning needed a late fourth quarter comeback to get the win.

As it stands, the Giants are 5-2 and hold a 1.5-game lead in the division, though they have not yet had their bye. The Eagles and Cowboys both check in at 3-3, and the Redskins are 3-4.

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