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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Running Backs Locked And Loaded, Cowboys' D-Line 'Ready To Eat'

The NFL season is officially underway as the Cowboys put the finishing touches on their preparation for the opener on Sunday Night Football. Lots of hungry players in Dallas eager to get this thing started.

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Tony Romo Is At His Best When He Doesn’t Wear The Cape - Mac Engel - The Star-Telegram
At least for the first month, the Cowboys quarterback is going to have to do more than he should. Yet, his biggest task may be getting a rhythm going on offense that way he doesn't have to be Superman every week.

The Cowboys proved last season they are a better team when they are not riding entirely on their quarterback’s bad back — and, in turn, Romo had the best year of his life.

The only way this team thrives is with Tony Romo, and the only way he thrives is if he does not have to do it all himself.

Aware Of Darren McFadden's Passing Prowess, Cowboys Add Some Trick Plays - Michael Florek- Dallas Morning News
Scott Linehan has had knowledge on McFadden's arm dating back to his college days where he attended where he had his fair share of trick plays or two. He plans on adding a few wrinkles to his current offense for a rainy day.

"We've got a few (trick plays)," Linehan said. "The ones the running backs want to put in is the handoff double pass."

Phillips: The Cowboys’ Defensive Line Is Deeper, Hungrier Entering 2015 - Rob Phillips - Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys took a big question mark and turned it into a formidable strength in 2015. However, for the Cowboys to succeed in 2015, all rushmen must join the party. Jeremy Mincey with the quote of the week.

"You look at teams like Seattle, the teams that won championships, they didn’t have 10 double-digit sack guys. They had five, six guys with six or seven sacks, which means everybody’s eating at the table.

"In order to destroy a buffet, everybody’s gotta eat."

Cowboys' Hardy Won't Challenge NFL's 4-Game Ban In Court - Schuyler Dixon - Associated Press
After much deliberation, Greg Hardy has decided to not challenge the NFL's four game suspension and won't be available until week five's game against the New England Patriots.

Hardy said in a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Thursday that he is "absolutely determined that my issue is not going to be a distraction for the Cowboys."

Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones Has Second Hip Surgery, Will Attend opener -Todd Archer - ESPN
Jerry Jones will be in attendance at the Dallas Cowboys' opener but will likely not be as active as he recovers from his second hip surgery.

Jones had his right hip replaced last Friday about six weeks after undergoing surgery to have his left hip replaced.

Giants At Cowboys 2015 Scouting Report -- When The Cowboys Have The Ball - Big Blue View
What can the Giants do on defense to help put the team in position to open their season with a win? Well, Chris details how stopping the run would be a good start. Yet, with a pick-your-poison offense, who knows if that will be enough?

The Cowboys have invested tremendous resources in their offensive line over the past few years, and it finally paid dividends in 2014 when they began force-feeding running back Demarco Murray. That combination allowed them to take pressure off Tony Romo, control the clock, and limit how much the defense was exposed.

As strange as it might sound with a quarterback like Tony Romo and receiving options like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, the Giants best option to put themselves in the best position to win the game is to stop their run game and put the ball in Tony Romo's hands.

These Cowboys Know Not To 'Sleep' On Any Opponent As It's Not The Cowboy Way - Michael Sisemore - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys season opener is just a few days away, and Jason Garrett will have this team ready, be sure of it. After being successful the season prior, Dallas looks for a fast start.

All offseason long, Jason Garrett has made it his mission to keep his message clear and precise to his football team that just came off a 12-4 season with a playoff win. This is not the 2014 season and things can change in an instant. The veterans on this new Cowboys football team have become very aware of this notion because they've lived it several times already.

With Jordan Mills, Cowboys Line Deep, Young, Experienced All At Once - Todd Archer - ESPN
The Cowboys, trying to upgrade what already is considered the NFL's best offensive line, added Jordan MIlls from Chicago where he started 29 games in 2 years. Now, the Cowboys offensive line is even more stout.

"It’s the best O-line in the league from my standpoint," Mills said. "To have Zack Martin, Ron, Doug Free and everybody else, this line works hard and there is a reason why they’re the best O-line in the league. To be here and learn under them it’s going to be great."

Week 1 NFL Picks: Cowboys Unanimous Favorites Over Giants - One.Cool.Customer - Blogging The Boys
The season has kicked off and the predictions are in as the BTB writers weigh in with their picks for the Week 1 games.

Here at BTB, we're very objective about our lack of objectivity. Most of us pick the Cowboys to win every game regardless of who the opponent is, and this week is no different - the Cowboys are our unanimous favorites against the Giants, and for good reason: the Cowboys have an NFL best .667 (36-18-1) winning percentage in season openers.

Christine Michael Trying To Get Up To Speed With Cowboys Offense - Charean Williams- The Star-Telegram
The former Texas A&M star arrived Sunday after a trade with Seattle but isn't expected to play immediately. However, Michael is excited to be in Dallas and is doing his best to grasp the offense.

"Because it’s kind of the same scheme that Seattle had, a little bit different terminology, but I feel like I’ve got that down just after 72 hours," Michael said. "That’s all I’ve been doing is coming to work, going back home and getting in the playbook. It’s been good, though. I’m enjoying it."

BTB Dallas Cowboys Podcast: "Cowboys At The Starting Gate" With Jon Machota and Mike Fisher; Giants Preview With Chris Pflum - Blogging The Boys

Rabbs and McCool welcome Jon Machota and Mike Fisher to discuss just where the Cowboys stand on the cusp of the 2015 campaign, and invite Big Blue View's Chris Pflum into the studio to chat about the state of the New York Football Giants.

Joseph Randle Believes He's Earned Cowboys’ Trust - Clarence Hill -The Star-Telegram

It's been a long offseason but the confidence Joseph Randle has not wavered as he prepares for perhaps his chance at the starting job.

"We are going to make sure of take advantage of the opportunities that I got," Randle said. "If there is a hole I’m going to make sure I hit that thing and do what I do. I’m going to make sure I’m doing the right thing without the ball and make sure I’m doing the right things all together. I’m just going to make sure I’m Joe Randle and make sure I’m doing what I have to hold up my end of the deal."

Dez Determined To "Go Harder, Become A Better Player" Entering Sixth Season -Dave Helman - Dallas Cowboys

There is perhaps no player in the league more eager to take the field Sunday night than Dez Bryant. After a stellar 2014, Bryant plans on reaching new heights in this new season.

"Everything has been positive, I ain’t asking for no apologies or none of that," he said of the article. "I’m just … you can’t judge a book by its cover, you know? There’s a reason if you see someone being certain ways, there’s probably a reason for the actions, and I think that’s where my passion comes from. I direct it in something that I love, and that’s football."

NFL Ticket Prices 2015: Highest Costs and Best Values - Sreekar Jasthi -NerdWallet

For those hoping to catch an NFL game at the stadium, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to determine which teams’ tickets offer the best and worst value.

It’s September and that means football and the beginning of the 2015 NFL season. Fans everywhere are breaking down schedules and updating their fantasy rosters. It also means they’re digging deep into their pockets to pay what can be a hefty price to see live action.

DICK'S Sporting Goods Football Jersey Report - Infographic

The Jersey Report is the official ranking of player jersey sales at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Dez Bryant is killing it in jersey sales.

Giants at Cowboys 2015, Week 1: "Five Questions" with Blogging the Boys - Big Blue View

Big Blue View makes a stop in Cowboys country to talk to BTB's very own Dave Halprin about this weekend's big matchup.

It begins on Sunday for the New York Giants when they face an NFC East nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys. With that in mind, we turn to SB Nation's Blogging the Boys for insight into the 2015 Cowboys. Dave Halprin of BTB and I are old-timers on this network -- we've been trading these questions a couple times a year now since 2007. Let's see what Dave has to say about his team this time around.

Cowboys Coaches, Teammates Confident In CB Tyler Patmon - Mark Lane - FOX Sports

Even with the devastating injury to Orlando Scandrick, the Cowboys feel confident they have the man for the job in Tyler Patmon.

"It means a lot to me for those guys to trust me enough to throw me into a situation and give me an opportunity," said Patmon. "It definitely helps knowing that they're behind me."