2012 NFL Season Countdown: NFC East Preview

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The NFL season is now less than ten days away and, speaking for myself, I could not be any more excited. Sitting around on Sundays eating way too much food and watching hours of football is now right around the corner. Over the past couple weeks we have been previewing the NFL divisions, and we wrapped up the AFC last Friday. Now we move to the NFC, starting with the NFC East.

(To view previous NFL previews, click on any of the following division names: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West)

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No team beat themselves more than the Dallas Cowboys did in 2011; always making a key mistake that cost them the game. QB Tony Romo will have to cut down on his miscues and become the elite quarterback everyone expects him to be. Dallas does have one thing going for them: they still have DE DeMarcus Ware on their team. Ware had 19.5 sacks last year and will likely be among the league leaders in the category in 2012 as well.

Projection: The Cowboys are deep in talent, but I don't think that's good enough in the tough NFC East. Finishing around 8-8 is a safe bet for Dallas, which is probably just outside of the postseason.


Fall 2012 Broadway predictions

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It's nearly September, which means it's time to make some predictions about the upcoming fall Broadway season, which is bringing a lot of different shows to the Great White Way. Check out opening dates and my predictions below.

The Anarchist: Previews Nov. 13, Opens Dec. 2
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger are both acting legends, and they combine with a David Mamet play in this production. Should be a good one, though the show is scheduled for a limited run ending February 17.

Annie: Previews Oct. 3, Opens Nov. 8
This musical first premiered on Broadway in 1977, and it ended up running for almost six years. It's a family favorite, so I think this will do really well.

Chaplin - The Musical: In previews, Opens Sep. 10
I'm not really sure how well this one will do; sure, everyone knows who Charlie Chaplin is, but I'm not sure how many people are clamoring to see him on stage these days.

A Christmas Story: Previews Nov. 6, Opens Nov. 19
So this isn't actually a new show, but it's the first time it's been on Broadway. The classic holiday movie is beloved by many, so I'm guessing the musical version on Broadway will be right up there with the Rockettes and the return of Elf this season.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Previews Sep. 14, Opens Oct. 11
This play has been on Broadway in various productions since 1898, and Broadway heavyweights Douglas Hodge and Patrick Page are lending their skills to the production, so I think this will be a big hit.

Dead Accounts: Previews Nov. 3, Opens Nov. 29
This is a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, who also wrote last year's Seminar. The biggest draw for this show might be the fact that Katie Holmes is making her Broadway return, alongside Norbert Leo Butz (who I, and many other theater fans, love).

Glengarry Glen Ross: Previews Oct. 16, Opens Nov. 11
This David Mamet play has been on Broadway twice before, with moderately successful results. This time, though, Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale are starring in the drama, which ups the ante for sure.

Grace: Previews Sep. 13, Opens Oct. 4
Another star-powered show, with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. Because it's a comedy starring a few great comedians, I think this one will perform well on Broadway this season.

Other New Broadway Shows:
An Enemy of the People: Previews Sep. 4, Opens Sep. 27
Golden Boy: Previews Nov. 8, Opens Dec. 6
The Heiress: Previews Oct. 7, Opens Nov. 1
The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Previews Oct. 19, Opens Nov. 13
The Performers: Previews Oct. 23, Opens Nov. 14
Rebecca - The Musical: Previews Oct. 30, Opens Nov. 18
Scandalous: Previews Oct. 13, Opens Nov. 15
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Previews Sep. 27, Opens Oct. 13

Do you agree with these assessments? What show are you most looking forward to this Broadway season? Tell us in the comments! And for a complete list of current and upcoming Broadway shows, visit TicketNetwork's Broadway page.