Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on August 29, 2012

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 29, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - JULY 30:  Tight end Chris Cooley #17 of the Washington Redskins talks with reporters following the opening day of training camp July 30, 2009 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The regular season starts in exactly one week, and the preseason concludes for three NFC East teams Wednesday night when the Cowboys host the Dolphins, the Giants host the Patriots and the Redskins host the Buccaneers.

We'll preview those matchups today, but first we bring you the division's top links on the last Wednesday of August.

Dallas Cowboys

From Josh Ellis of Morris Claiborne says he could use more preseason reps before the opener. Expect to see him in there tonight.

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys face a "serious dilemma" with rookie fourth-round pick Matt Johnson. 

From Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: DeMarcus Ware has declared that he'll be good to go for the opener in New York.

Calvin Watkins of looks at Marcus Spears' chances of making the final roster. Final cuts come Friday.

New York Giants

Gold from Shemar Woods of New York Daily News: Marcus Thomas is pissed that EA Sports used the wrong person in his Madden 13 profile photo.

Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Giants need a cornerback to step up with Prince Amukamara down. Watch Michael Coe closely tonight.

Also from Castillo: Depth at linebacker is a good thing to have as cut day looms.

I've seen a thousand of these, but here's an AP story on why the Giants are lacking respect

Philadelphia Eagles

From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Andy Reid has finally said it. Nick Foles is the backup. Oh, and Mike Kafka won't play tomorrow night.

McLane also makes arguments for and against Eagles on the roster bubble, with Kafka included in the debate.

Speaking of the roster bubble, Geoff Mosher of has a look at Antonio Dixon and Darryl Tapp, two very good defensive linemen who might not make the final 53 come Friday.

Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News argues that this Eagles team isn't as talented as the 2004 edition that went to the Super Bowl.

Washington Redskins

In breaking down the peculiar world of NFL kickers in light of Graham Gano's release, Deron Snyder of the Washington Times makes a good point: On Tuesday, the 'Skins released both their longest-tenured player and their most popular player. Truly is a new era.

From Mark Maske of the Washington Post: It'll be all Kirk Cousins early tonight as Robert Griffin III turns his focus to Week 1 in New Orleans.

From the Post's Mike Jones: With Jammal Brown down, it looks like we'll see Tyler Polumbus at right tackle in that opening game.

Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir of discuss whether this will be a breakout year for Leonard Hankerson.