Breakfast links: Cowboys, Redskins cram

November, 21, 2012
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I know nobody's thinking about work today. You're thinking about tomorrow, and turkey, and stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and mashed turnips. No? Man, I love those mashed turnips. Anyway, that's tomorrow. We all need to find a way through today, concentration challenges notwithstanding. And it starts with the links.

New York Giants

If your theory about the Giants is that, as two-time Super Bowl champions, many of them get comfortable and have trouble finding the requisite intensity to play regular-season games this time of year, your theory has some merit. But don't take my word for it. Listen to Giants players Justin Tuck and Victor Cruz admit it themselves.

And while we're at it, Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted it would be "foolish" to think that the historic storm that blew through the New York area a few weeks back didn't have some level of impact on the Giants, several of whom had their daily lives disrupted as did many of the area's residents.

Dallas Cowboys

Neither starting running back DeMarco Murray nor primary backup Felix Jones practiced Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that Lance Dunbar could be the starting running back Thursday in Dallas' very important game against the Redskins.

Also, you can count Doug Free among those who have noticed how much Doug Free is struggling, and among those who are frustrated about it and confused as to why.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins installed parts of their game plan for Thursday's game against the Cowboys during their Week 10 bye, but that doesn't mean they haven't been cramming since Sunday night for their short week.

Speaking of game plans, John Keim has done some work on reporting how, exactly, the Redskins' offensive coaches go about installing theirs each week.

Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Donnellon thinks Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie should fire Andy Reid now rather than wait until the end of the season -- for Reid's sake.

With rookie defensive end Vinny Curry set to be activated for the first time Sunday, Geoff Mosher examines the way the defensive line played Sunday and concludes that there are plenty of candidates for the new guy to replace.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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