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NFL schedule 2012: Cowboys host division-rival Giants in Week 8

The Dallas Cowboys can make the race even tighter in the NFC East with a win over the New York Giants at home on Sunday.

Streeter Lecka

The Dallas Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak with their 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on the road in Week 7. Now they return home and turn their attention to the division leaders, as the first-place New York Giants come to town Sunday.

Dallas (3-3) can pull to within a half-game of the Giants (5-2) if they can pull off the win at home with a little more than half of their schedule remaining. A loss would put them 2.5 games back behind one of their biggest rivals. It's the second meeting between the two teams. Dallas beat New York on opening night, 24-17.

It's one of only two late-afternoon games Sunday, with most of the action taking place earlier in the day. The rest of the NFC East has their hands full, as the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) host the undefeated Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins (3-4) travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here's the rest of the Week 8 NFL schedule. All times are Central:

Thursday

  • Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network

Sunday

  • Carolina at Chicago, noon, FOX
  • San Diego at Cleveland, noon, CBS
  • Seattle at Detroit, noon, FOX
  • Jacksonville at Green Bay, noon, FOX
  • Miami at N.Y. Jets, noon, CBS
  • Atlanta at Philadelphia, noon, FOX
  • Washington at Pittsburgh, noon, FOX
  • New England at St. Louis, noon, CBS
  • Indianapolis at Tennessee, noon, CBS
  • Oakland at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 3:25 p.m., FOX
  • New Orleans at Denver, 7:20 p.m., NBC

Monday

  • San Francisco at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Bye weeks: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.