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Cowboys Headlines: League & Union Talking, Smith vs Sanders Debate, Game Previews, NFC East Fanbases

Emmitt Smith: Clearly one of the greatest ever.
Emmitt Smith: Clearly one of the greatest ever.

League, union hold positive talks on proposed 18-game season -
The NFL and NFLPA met Monday and made headway in talks on an 18-game season, and collective bargaining negotiations might be starting to accelerate, a source with knowledge of the talks told Jason La Canfora on Wednesday.

Turkey Day Debate: Smith vs Sanders - Football Outsiders
The Cowboys and the Lions are the two teams that always play on Thanksgiving, but other than that, they haven't had much in common - except that they had a running back on the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Cue ominous organ music and a lengthy and stat-filled Emmitt Smith vs Barry Sanders discussion between Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz.

2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day: Saints vs. Cowboys Preview - NFL FanHouse
Chris Burke outlines three key questions that will be answered in the NFL's second serving today, and explains that the Cowboys' key to victory is to keep playing with confidence

Cowboys vs. Saints: 5 things to watch - Express-News
Here’s what Cowboys beat writer Tom Orsborn says you should keep an eye on during today’s game: 3rd down conversions, the Cowboys pass rush, big play receivers on both sides, the Saints rookie RB and the Saints habit of scoring quickly.

Ground game keys Dallas' run - Courier-Post
New coach Garrett turns to his running backs to get the Cowboys back on track. In both of Garrett's two games, the Cowboys have run more than they have thrown, something they didn't do once under Phillips. Dallas won both games, something else that had been unprecedented this season. Coincidence?

Rejuvenated Cowboys await Saints - Daily World
This article initially argues that today's game may be the ultimate trap game for the Saints, but then spells out why it actually isn't: The Saints are hot, having won their past three games and four of their past five. The Cowboys think they're hot, having won two straight under new coach Jason Garrett. But that will wear off. Teams tend to be relieved and motivated right after a midseason coaching change, but then reality sets in.

Brees again blessed with a bevy of big playmakers - Sporting News
Looking at Bush, Colston and Meachem, the Cowboys might have some success taking away one or two but it just might be impossible to stop them all.

Around The NFC East fanbases:

ESPN's KC Joyner (the "Football Scientist") says Michael Vick's performances this season have been "lucky" - Bleeding Green Nation
All sorts of alarm bells go off on Bleeding Green Nation. But, but but ... isn't Michael Vick is the greatest player to ever step foot on a football field??? HOW DARE HE!!! Outrage and righteous indignation in copious amounts among the Eagles faithful. Reminds me of our reaction when Football Outsiders predicted at the beginning of the season that the Cowboys would finish last in the division.

The Folsom Point: Dono Darko - Hogs Haven
With one minute and fifty seconds left and the Redskins down by six in game eight against the Detroit Lions, quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched. The resulting breach in the Primary Universe created a Tangent Universe, one that will collapse back on itself in just under a month in a half. The Redskins fanbase has had AC/DCs "Thunderstruck" on endless repeat ever since.

Believe In The Giants - Big Blue View
The Giants have lost two in a row, and their second annual second-half meltdown is becoming a real possibility in Giants country. So much so that tempers are flaring in the fanbase. Like clockwork, the age-old debates of who is a 'true fan' and whether you're allowed to criticize your team are rearing their heads again. After having recently been at 1-7, I only have a benign smile for these debates.

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