Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Prepping For Giants, Austin Primed For Big Year, More

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo is already preparing for the Giants, Miles Austin looks healthier than he's been in a while, and the other NFC East teams draw mixed reviews for their weekend games.

Tony Romo says his prep for New York Giants will start this weekend - Jon Machota, DMN
By the time you read this, chances are Romo already will have spent a few hours preparing for the season opener against the Giants. Since he won't be playing on Thursday against the Texans, his full attention is on the season opener.

"[My preparation for the Giants] will probably start tonight or tomorrow morning," Romo said Saturday night. "I think more than anything, I’ve sprinkled in a little bit but now I’m going to get real tightened up as far as a little more situational than an overview per se. I think the team will probably wait til the middle of the week but more than anything my stuff will start here this weekend."

Cowboys defense looking to make habit of takeaways - Mike Fisher, FSSouthwest
Fisher argues that the Cowboys defense is looking to make habit of takeaways under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, and that the habit is contageous.

Austin primed for big year because he hasn’t ‘driven himself into the ground’ - Tom Orsborn, Mysanantonio.com
Jason Garrett talks at length about Miles Austin and contrasts how Austin looked last year with the approach Austin took this year.

"I thought he had a relatively productive year for where he was physically," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He wasn’t very healthy throughout most of the year. I probably saw him looking like himself maybe a couple of occasions throughout the whole season last year."

"He’s monitored himself to make sure he doesn’t drive himself into the ground," Garrett said. "So, he looks fresher, he looks quicker to me and he’s a hard match-up player for people because he’s so big."

Cowboys aren't concerned about their special teams - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Not really sure what to make about this one. Should I be relieved that the Cowboys have everything under control, or should I be extra concerned because they're pretending not to be concerned about a unit that has obviously struggled?

A look at Cowboys possible cuts - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Todd Archer makes "some educated (stop laughing) guesses" about who some of the first cuts could be. Among the more notable names: Ryan Cook, Colin Cochart, and Jakar Hamilton.

Cowboys say defense can be even better with the return of injured starters - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
No kidding.

Cowboys 24, Bengals 18 - Game summary from the self-described "league-leading offense." Bengals.com
Sometimes it can be instructive to read the opponent's take on the previous day's game, and Bengals.com provides just that:

"The Bengals had an uneasy first half Saturday night as their league-leading offense turned it over twice on third down that included quarterback Andy Dalton's first interception of the preseason [...] as the Cowboys handled the Bengals in every category in a 24-18 victory."

"Lewis didn't like the scent of this one after two crisp victories to open the preseason. Not with four turnovers, seven penalties and the Cowboys converting 55 percent on third down with nine-for-16."

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The Giants offense is a mess - Big Blue View
The Giants have issues on offense, writes Ed Valentine and provides these telling quotes from Tom Coughlin:

"The one thing that's very disappointing to me is where we are offensively," said a concerned Tom Coughlin after the game. "There was no consistency whatsoever. We've got work to do on the offensive side of the ball."

"Whatever is going on, we've got to solve it and we've got to solve it fast," Coughlin said.

Safety Stevie Brown has torn ACL, out for N.Y. Giants' season - NFL.com
Stevie Brown will miss the season after tearing his ACL during the New York Giants' preseason game Saturday night.

Vick, offense encounter first preseason struggles - csnphilly.com
Everything went smashingly for the Eagles. Except for all the stuff that didn't.

"I think we could have done a better job of finishing," [Vick] said after the game. "I thought we put some good drives together but I think they fell apart in the end. We had a couple turnovers. I had an interception in a crucial moment of the game. Other than that, I think we did a good job."

Vick mentioned that tempo could have been faster, noting that Jacksonville’s defense threw some looks that he and the Eagles could have handled better. He lamented some mistakes and bad decisions, but overall, he expressed optimism that these wrinkles would be ironed out in time.

Kelly's Eagles look like Reid's Eagles in settling for field goals - Examiner.com
Philadelphia had to settle for three field goals in the second quarter when Vick couldn’t drive the ball in.

Even when the Eagles got a long punt return from Damaris Johnson at the end of the half, they couldn’t get a first down and needed a 45-yard Alex Henery field goal to salvage points. The only touchdown the Eagles got under Vick was on a short drive set up by a Connor Barwin interception. Otherwise, Philadelphia looked like it did under Reid in 2011 and 2012, having passed up touchdowns once too often.

Initial Thoughts & Observations: Redskins 30, Bills 7 - Washington Times
The Redskins remain unbeaten in three preseason games as their defense took advantage of Buffalo's need to play undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel for more than three quarters. Quarterback Rex Grossman threw with typical bravado, and Redskins observers were pleased with the depth of the Redskins' running and receiving game.

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