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Week 8 Preview, Fantasy Play & Pick'em

Eagles NFL Nation reporter Tim McManus and Cowboys NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer preview the Week 8 matchup, discuss their top potential fantasy play and make their game predictions.

McFadden highlights players to watch at trade deadline (0:56)
Is Dez Bryant a must-start in Week 8? (1:01)
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Idle Cowboys remain one of NFL's best

Coming off a bye week, Dallas stands pat in the top five of our Power Rankings. And with the franchise QB nearing a return, the raging "Dak or Tony?" debate is about to reach its climax. Power Rankings

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Is Dallas' O-line NFL's most dominant unit?

A pair of Insiders certainly think so. The level of play the Cowboys get up front is particularly impressive when compared to the lack of quality O-line play around much of the league. Insiders debate

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamie Dixon takes his turn at the Big 12 media day podium. The former Pittsburgh coach said his move from the Big East/ACC is a move from "the best conference to the best conference." "We've been in the best conference for pretty much my entire career," Dixon said. The Big 12 may not be in peak form this season, but the thought of Dixon turning the league's whipping boy into a Pitt-level competitor is a frightening one for an already dense league.

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Background: Kansas State coach Bruce Weber tipping off Big 12 media day at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Foreground: Baylor's latest mesmerizing uniform.

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Mavs unwilling to throw in towel

As Dirk Nowitzki nears the end of the line, Dallas is hoping once again that Rick Carlisle's coaching and contributions from new additions equate to another opportunity in the playoffs. Preseason Power Rankings

Conditioning is No. 1 concern for Dez Bryant ahead of return (0:56)
Making sense of the NBA offseason spending spree (1:56)
Nowitzki a fan of Seth Curry (0:39)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "I'm a Seth [Curry] fan."

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Mavs PG Harris (foot) likely to miss opener

Devin Harris is "very doubtful" for Wednesday's opener against the Pacers, and an extended absence could ensure that Seth Curry will have a significant role to start the regular season.

How many games will Dallas win?

Kevin Pelton takes a look at the win projections for all 30 NBA teams using ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM). ESPN's Summer Forecast had the Mavericks winning only 40 games, but the recent projections have an even lower total. Final predictions (Insider)