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Midseason grades: defense/special tms.

Calvin Watkins passes out midseason grades for the defense and special teams.

Updated: November 11, 2009, 3:18 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys reached the halfway point of their season in sole possession of first place in the NFC East at 6-2.

The last time the Cowboys were below .500 after eight regular-season games was 2004, when they were 3-5.

It's almost impossible to predict where this team will finish, but Dallas' 20-16 victory Sunday night at Philadelphia has given this team a boost.

"It was a chance for us to go in there on the road against a division rival and put it ...

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