Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on Aug. 27, 2012

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 27, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Graham Gano #4 and Sav Rocca #6 of the Washington Redskins watch as a field goal attempt by Gano misses in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on November 20, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Final week of August. If not for football, I would be crushed by the quickly-approaching conclusion to summer. But because we're only nine days away from the opener in New Jersey, I'm OK with this pace. 

Here's a look at the division's top links this morning.


Dallas Cowboys

Nick Eatman of takes a look at Dallas' superb defensive play thus far in the preseason. The Cowboys have given up only two field goals in three first halves.

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News writes that Jay Ratliff could be out for the first couple games of the year due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered Saturday night.

Todd Archer of writes that Jerry Jones might consider keeping seven receivers on the final roster. That would allow Andre Holmes and Danny Coale to make it, but it seems highly unlikely.

Calvin Watkins of has details on the extensive rules the Cowboys have placed on Dez Bryant


New York Giants

Mike Mazzeo of writes that cornerback could be an area of concern with Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara hurt and Aaron Ross gone.

Mathias Kiwanuka is also hurt but Michael Eisen of writes that he expects to be back in time for next week's opener.

Initial roster cuts will be made today, and Ed Valentine from Big Blue View has a look at who might be in trouble in New York.

From Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: Spencer Paysinger says the Jets are always the visiting team when they take on the Giants at MetLife.


Philadelphia Eagles

Sheil Kapadia of has the 10 players the Eagles waived over the weekend, none of whom were surprises.

Kapadia also writes that with so much depth at defensive line and more cuts looming, the Eagles might want to consider trying to make a trade.

Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News suggests the Eagles go with Trent Edwards as the backup quarterback. Seriously.

Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer wonders how Andy Reid would handle a quarterback controversy.


Washington Redskins

Three straight items from Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who's off to one hell of a start in the beat writer world this week. First, the Redskins have released Neil Rackers, meaning Graham Gano has survived and will be the kicker in Week 1.

Jones also reports that Santana Moss made a request to return punts Saturday against Indianapolis.

And finally, a source tells Jones that Jammal Brown underwent hip surgery last Thursday. The source claims Brown will be out another four to six weeks and will start the year on the PUP list.

In his stock report from Saturday's game, Rich Tandler of CSN Washington gives props to the Redskins' offensive line.