Friday's Beastlines: Cowboys edition

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

  • Tim Cowlishaw of ESPN's "Around the Horn" and NASCAR coverage says this feels like a trap game against the Redskins on Sunday. He thinks the rivalry has lost its sting, and he's probably right. But I'm still not sure how this is a trap game. Do we really have to worry about the Cowboys looking ahead to next Sunday's Bengals game? This series might lack the passion it had in the '70s and '80s, but it's hard to imagine the Cowboys not being emotionally ready to play an important division game.

  • Did you know that Redskins receiver Santana Moss has 33 catches for 602 yards and four touchdowns in six career games against the Cowboys? Clarence E. Hill has the story in the Star-Telegram.

  • The first nonfootball event at the Cowboys' news stadium has been booked. Join me in welcoming the FBI National Academy Association to Arlington -- in 2012.

  • It looks like former first-round draft pick Anthony Spencer will be ready to play Sunday. No, I'm being serious. And after a month with the team, it looks like guard Montrae Holland is ready to contribute. You've heard scouts say players are good in space. Holland has been good at taking up space.

  • Brian Davis of the DMN has a fun story on how Redskins coach Jim Zorn began his playing career in Dallas. Zorn couldn't quite beat out Clint Longley, one of the most bizarre individuals I've ever written about. Could Zorn have eventually beaten out Danny White? I don't think so, but he certainly had a nice career in Seattle.