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The Dallas Cowboys are back to work after their bye week and they point towards a divisional showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Back to practice fully, Dez Bryant catches passes - Todd Archer, ESPN
Dez Bryant says he's ready to go and he looks it; the Cowboys also will get CB Orlando Scandrick back and he says he's 100 percent.

"Check me out at 7:30, man," Bryant said after the game, alluding to the Central time kickoff against the Eagles. "I already told [team physician Dr. Dan Cooper] what the deal was."

Tony Romo, Tyron Smith Not Practicing; Dez Bryant Expected To Play - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys convened for a practice today, getting back into the swing of things after a bye week.

Of course, the Cowboys probably don’t mind the idea of Romo’s return being delayed, there is growing evidence that the team would like to stick with Dak Prescott as long as he’s winning games. Jerry Jones’ evolution from decidedly saying Romo would be the starter upon his return, to saying they aren’t sure and that it’s a good problem to have certainly lead one to believe the Cowboys are fine with continuing with Prescott. For now, it looks like Romo is still not ready to practice.

Cowboys might be NFC's best now, but Eagles game will have dramatic impact on who wins division - David Moore, SportsDay
The bye week gave the Cowboys a chance to relax, spend time with family and friends and scope out the competition without having to prepare for a game.

It will be interesting to see how the Dallas defense responds when it faces a team built to hammer it on the ground. When the Cowboys are in a make-or-break position to end the game, when there isn't enough time for the offense to get the ball back and a sack or turnover is required, can the Cowboys rise to the occasion? The Cowboys are as suspect here as the Vikings are on offense.

Scout's Notebook: Assessing The Cowboys As They Get Back To Work - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
The team went through a rare Monday practice before they begin their game planning. Here a few quick notes about what Broaddus will be looking for as the Cowboys head back to work.

The Eagles best offensive lineman is left tackle Jason Peters, which means a matchup with DeMarcus Lawrence. If I am Rod Marinelli I am considering having Lawrence rush from the opposite side against rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai -- who was better against the Vikings but struggled against the Redskins. Vaitai had trouble with the inside power move of Ryan Kerrigan, which is something Lawrence can execute.

Cowboys place new expectations on David Irving after ‘record-breaker’ - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys backup defensive lineman David Irving makes a name for himself with three forced fumbles and NFC defensive player of the week honors. His play against the Green Bay Packers raised the team’s expectations for him.

"It’s a hard level to play at," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "His production over 19 snaps is record-breaking, so it’s hard to maintain that. But what you want to maintain is the professionalism, the discipline, the intensity each and every day. Ultimately, that will allow you to play your best."

Tony Romo invites teammates over to dinner at his MTV Cribs-like house | SportsDay
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo spent part of his bye week hosting teammates for dinner over at his house.

And, honestly, it's hard to blame Hitchens, because what he shared certainly belonged on the long-gone-but-not-forgotten MTV Cribs show. Look at the pictures below and you'll see Romo has an indoor basketball court with the Cowboys logo in the paint, a Cowboys mural on the wall and A SLIDE going from the second floor down to the court.

Orlando Scandrick Happy To Be Healthy, Ready To Contribute - Dave Helman, Dallas Cowboys
With the Cowboys returning from their week off, is the veteran cornerback ready to play? "Yes. I am 100 percent," Scandrick said.

It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Scandrick, who came back from a lengthy knee rehab to be ready in time for training camp this summer. The knee held up just fine, but he injured his hamstring in the Week 1 loss to the Giants, and he only aggravated that problem when he tried to play through it in Week 2.

How The Cowboys Defense Has Done So Well Without A Top Pass Rush - Joey Ickes, Blogging The Boys
Despite a lack of pass rush the Cowboys have managed to be viable on defense. Here's how.

The 2015 Dallas Cowboys finished 22nd in the NFL in sack rate, managing a sack on 5.8% of their opponents passing plays, Through six games in 2016, the team sits 23rd in the league with a sack on 4.6% of the opponents drop backs. While the issues of pass rush futility have at the very least carried over into the new year, the Cowboys defense has managed to surrender only 17.8 points per game, good enough for seventh in the league.

Though unlikely, La'el Collins keeping door open on 2016 return - Todd Archer, ESPN
La'el Collins is optimistic about making a return in 2016 and doesn't anticipate any problems with his recovery from surgery.

"I don't think that's out the window right now," Collins said of a return this year. "We have to see how it goes and see how it feels. I'm excited."

Darren McFadden on trade rumors: 'I love it here, but I’m ready to play wherever' - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys have the top-ranked rushing offense and the top-ranked rusher in the NFL.

"It’s something I don’t really pay attention to," McFadden said. "Right now, whatever happens man, I’m going to be ready regardless. Whether they decide to bring me up and play me here, or if I get traded or whatever, I’m going to be ready to play."