There's plenty of news to go around for everybody. Cowboys fans are interested first, second, and at least third about what goes on in Dallas, but attention does deserve to be paid to those rivals we face twice a season. Most NFL teams that weren't division winners and haven't been for a while, inevitably shape themselves around competing with the perennial powerhouse. All teams in the AFC South attempted to strategize dethroning the Indianapolis Colts. The New York Jets made it a point to construct Bill Belichick's worst nightmare, and have succeeded in moving deeper into the playoffs two years in a row.
The NFC East is slightly different, as the division crown shuffles between three powerhouses. No East Beast has repeated as division champion since Bill Parcells came to Dallas. The Redskins have been the only team able to maintain a sense of consistency by avoiding the automatic playoff berth. The NFC East doesn't allow it's teams to focus on one common enemy and thus, we need to keep a close eye on all of them.
Still, Cowboys news rules the day here at BTB and rightfully so. Here are today's links.
-- Cowboys announced ROH inductees today. Side note, the Cowboys originally had no nationally televised games in the preseason. When the Hall of Fame Game was cancelled, NBC needed another broadcast. The Cowboys got their second game moved to Sunday night prime time. Two days before the game, we get a ring of honor announcement, just in time for it to be talked about by NBC's 'A' team during the broadcast.
-- ESPN's Todd Archer with his practice observations.
-- Rob Ryan refers to Orlando Scandrick as the team's 3rd starting cornerback. [DMN]
-- DE Jason Hatcher sat out today's practice with a bad toe, but will suit up Sunday. OG Montrae Holland is back. [DMN]
-- Head coach Jason Garrett is looking to at least double the snaps his starters see on Sunday. [Star Telegram]
Follow the jump for more Cowboys links, as well as the NFC East Week In Review, courtesy of the SB Nation sites.
-- Tony Romo, the prankster. [DMN]
-- The University of Miami scandal has rocked many in the NFL, including former Cowboys start Michael Irvin. He had some unflattering things to say about the man at the center of the controversy, Nevin Shapiro. [Yahoo!]
DALLAS COWBOYS (Bloggingtheboys.com)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (bleedinggreennation.com and SBNation/Philly)
The Eagles get embarrassed against Pittsburgh in the preseason week 2 opener. Wide open Steelers and Mike Vick bad decisions galore.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Hogshaven.com)
Four players to watch in Friday Nights tilt against the Colts: Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson (after a hugely disappointing week 1), Ryan Kerrigan and John Beck (making the start).
NEW YORK GIANTS (Bigblueview.com)
Osi Umenyoira really was injured, and is now having surgery that will make him miss the preseason and maybe the first games of the regular season as well.