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NFL Week 13: Dallas Cowboys Vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Cowboys look to extend their NFC East lead in Week 13 as they head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.

Another week, another weak opponent for the Dallas Cowboys. After narrowly defeating the Dolphins on Thanksgiving day, the Cowboys head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals -- a game that Jason Garrett and the Cowboys will have had over a week to prepare for.

For the first time this season, the Cowboys find themselves in first place all by themselves, thanks in large part to Dallas' easy stretch in their schedule coinciding with the Giants' most difficult stretch. New York dropped their third game in a row on Monday night, being pounded into submission by the Saints. It doesn't get any easier for Tom Coughlin's team this week either, as the Giants play host to the Green Bay Packers.

Rob Ryan will have to prepare his defensive unit to take on Kevin Kolb, as the injured quarterback looks like he'll make his return in Week 13 against the Cowboys. Kolb, who was acquired by the Cardinals from the Eagles, has been out since Week 9 with a foot injury. 

Beanie Wells, who exploded for over 200 yards rushing against the Rams in Week 12, is optimistic that he'll be able to play in Week 13 against the Cowboys. 

Dallas received some good news on the injury front as well, as cornerback Mike Jenkins participated in Dallas' walkthrough on Monday. Jenkins has been out with a hamstring injury that he aggravated during Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Eagles. Jenkins' return would bolster Dallas' secondary, moving Orlando Scandrick back into the nickel role. 

Tony Romo looks like he'll be missing his top receiver again in Week 13. Miles Austin, did not participate in Dallas' walkthrough, which does not bode well for him playing against the Cardinals. Jerry Jones himself called Austin questionable for Sunday's game. With Laurent Robinson playing so well, there's little reason to rush Austin back from an injury that could easily be re-aggravated. 

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 3:15 p.m. CDT from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Televised coverage can be found on FOX. 

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