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It looks like the Cowboys are going to catch a break in Sunday's game. S Bob Sanders, WR Brandon Stokely and LB Gary Brackett have not practiced this week and Tony Dungy thinks it's doubtful that any of them will play. Sanders is a dynamic player who hits hard and gives their defense a physical presence in the run game and when receivers catch the ball. Parcells isn't convinced that Sanders won't play, so we'll wait and see. Stokely's absence means that they will be limited in their packages again and Dallas Clark will act as the 3rd receiver in most of their personnel packages.

NFL.com has a preview of the Colts/Cowboys game. Here's a brief portion about the Bills defensive gameplan.

"They just stayed real deep and double-covered the outside receivers," said Manning, who leads the NFL with 18 passing touchdowns and a 104.5 rating. "When a team does that, taking away the deep patterns, you've got to be able to run the ball and you've got to be able to throw underneath and get yards after the catch. We were doing that."

Still, the Colts, tied for third in the league with a plus-8 turnover differential, gave up two fumbles and were helped out by Rian Lindell's missed 41-yard field goal attempt with 6:22 left. Indianapolis was able to run out the clock on the ensuing possession to win for the 31st time in 34 regular-season games.

"I thought we would be a little sharper today, but what happened is they had a very good game plan," Dungy said. "It wasn't anything we didn't anticipate. ... I wish we could have put it together a little better."

Here's the standard `T.O. is a distraction article' that pops up in the hometown paper of each team that we play.

This week, we get the Vanderjagt vs. the Colts article.

I didn't write up the Parcells' press conference today but these were the highlights:

He'll decide between Singleton and Carpenter and who will start before gametime. Burnett is not expected to move from his current role.

Keith Davis will start at FS but Watkins will get plenty of playing time. He admitted that Davis is really more of a strong safety.

Newman will lock up on Harrison for most of the game, (no surprise there, since Harrison only lines up in one spot, across from Newman's natural position).

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