Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Here Comes Tony!"

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Here Comes Tony! Giants’ Big Chance Won’t Be Against Backup QB - CBS New York
While beating Green Bay was huge, the Giants' winning streak does have its critics. New York has basically beaten teams playing with either backup quarterbacks or ones that are hurt.

Giants-Cowboys Odds: Giants Open as 3-point Favorites - Big Blue View
The Giants are favored to win their fifth straight game by a field goal in the early betting odds against the rival Cowboys.

Cowboys starting defensive line expected to play together for first time since Oct. 13 - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin points out that the Cowboys starting defensive line of Nick Hayden, George Selvie, Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware has not played together for the last four games.

"Guys are getting healthy," Hatcher said. "We’re very excited for Sunday. I’m very excited to be back. As I know right now, I’m playing Sunday, so very excited. I can’t wait."

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware: "Yeah, I'll play this week and I need to be effective." - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Ware will rejoin full practice on Wednesday and will play on Sunday.

"I'll play this week," Ware said Tuesday serving early Thanksgiving Day dinner with his teammates at the Salvation Army in Dallas. "I'm feeling a lot better. I tested it [Monday] in practice, it felt pretty good. Then this week I'll just do all the drills, make sure I get all my keys, and get ready for this week."

Garrett: No great answers to Cowboys' third-down problems except being better on first and second down, then executing - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Expecting a miracle fix may have been expecting a bit much.

"I don’t know that there were any great revelations," coach Jason Garrett said after the Cowboys reviewed their third-down offense during the bye week. "I think the biggest thing that we have to understand is third down is really oftentimes a product of first and second down. The better you are on first and second down, the more manageable those third-down situations are."

Jerry Jones calls Sean Lee "Superman" and hopes the LB can return sooner than expected - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Sean Lee was projected to be out 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury after suffering the injury against the Saints. Jerry Jones, ever the optimist, thinks Lee could be back for the Thanksgiving game against the Raiders.

"Sean is Superman, and I mean it," Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 FM. "I remember back before the draft, ESPN did a special on him, and I think members of his team called him God. He has such a will that if anybody can come back sooner than what you ought to be coming back from, he can do it. He’s rehabbing at the most intense level you can, and if anybody can get back here in a couple of weeks, he can do it."

DeMarco Murray: ‘I Feel Good, I’m Healthy’ - CBS Sports Radio
If the Cowboys are going to make a stretch run, they'll need DeMarco Murray to be a big part of it.

"I feel good; I’m healthy," Murray said. "Whenever I’m given the opportunity, whatever they ask me to do – running, catching, blocking – I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. I missed two games earlier this year, but that was just a little hiccup. I’m fine now."

Five Wonders: New head coach if Cowboys miss playoffs? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer covers five topics in his Five Wonders column, one of which is the possibility of Jerry Jones hiring a new coach if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Archer believes Lovie Smith would definitely get an interview, but wonders if Penn State's Bill O'Brian would also make an interesting candidate.

Beat Writers Report: Changes looming for assistant coaches? - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins emulates Archer and also has a column with five different topics, one of which deals with possible changes on the coaching staff after the season. Watkins wonders whether the 73-year old Kiffin would continue "after a year like this," and wonders how safe Bill Callahan's job is with the way "the passing game has regressed the last month."

Offensive Redskins license plate being reviewed by Virginia DMV - Washington Post
Looks like some Redskins fans have taken offense at a licence plate on a car driven by a Dallas Cowboys fan that clearly urges fellow Virginians to "Follow" RGII. Thumbs up.

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