Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Gameday Links

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo is Big In Japan, the Cowboys prefer being the underdogs, and Danny White thinks the Cowboys are better off with Kyle Orton than Tony Romo tonight.

More on the line than just playoffs for Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's showdown against Philadelphia Eagles - David Moore, DMN
Moore wonders whether the Cowboys, missing Romo and Lee and dealing with a myriad of defensive injuries, have enough left to beat the Eagles. The Cowboys' margin for error is basically non-existent, and the Cowboys have count on every player to play at his best if they are to win.

Pro/con: Who will win the NFC East? Cowboys! - FLORIDA TODAY
Chris Bonanno writes that three important factors are being overlooked that all point toward a Dallas victory. Dallas plays at home; the Cowboys play without expectations; and the Cowboys are better than they were in Week 7.

Cowboys vs. Eagles: Giants, Redskins players pick NFC East title game winner - NJ.com
Six players from the Giants and Redskins pick winners for tonight's game, five like the Eagles, but Giants LB Spencer Paysinger has the best quote:

"I’d say if I’d rather have one team win it would be the Eagles rather than the Cowboys. That’s like saying you want to get shot or stabbed. Either way, you’re still bleeding."

Jason Hatcher: 'We prefer being underdogs' - Sports Mole
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher says that the Cowboys to be the underdogs going into their winner-take-all clash with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Hatcher told KTCK-AM: "Everybody is against you. Nobody believes in you. What a great win it would be Sunday to go out there and prove the world and the naysayers wrong."

Kyle Orton has chance to enter Cowboys’ backup lore - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Williams walks down the list of Cowboys QB backups who have provided big-game spark, or who have shorted out.

Can Dallas Cowboys defense smother Philadelphia Eagles again? - Brandon George, DMN
George wonders whether the Cowboys’ defense can rise to the occasion, particularly given how bad it has been during the second half of the season.

Danny White: Dallas Cowboys are better off with Kyle Orton than Tony Romo vs. Philadelphia Eagles - DMN
The DMN transcribes part of an interview Danny White gave to Fox Sports Los Angeles recently. Here's an excerpt in which White explains why the Cowboys may have a better chance of winning with Orton:

"The reason I say that is I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen backup quarterbacks come in, and it raises everybody’s intensity, their level of concentration. Everybody knows no that their leader is not there with them, and it’ll do one of two things, they’ll either crater and go right in the tank or they’ll rise to the occasion and every guy will play just a little bit better. He’ll concentrate harder, make fewer little mistakes, and those are the things that win and lose big games."

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Tony Romo is Big In Japan. And in China. And in Bahrain. And ...

A look at Cowboys' season-ending injuries - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins walks us through a depressing list of all nine Cowboys players on IR (ten if you include Jay Ratliff).

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LeSean McCoy calls out the Dallas Cowboys - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
McCoy makes like motormouth Brandon Jacobs.

Victor Cruz says there's a 'disconnect' between Eli Manning, receivers - National Football Post
It may be time to face facts in New York. Manning's 58.3 completion percentage is right in line with his 58.6 career average. If there's a disconnect, it's been going on for 10 years.

Agent's Take: Inside the decision to turn pro early - CBSSports.com
Big names like Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater face a decision: to declare for the draft or not? Former NFL agent Joel Corry examines what goes into such a life-altering decision.

Film Room: DT Ra'Shede Hageman is a boom-or-bust prospect - NFL.com
Ra'Shede Hageman is one of the early favorites as a potential Cowboys pick in the 2014 darft. Hageman has rare athletic ability and his immense potential makes the Minnesota defensive tackle a boom-or-bust prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks writes.

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