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Cowboys show promise but aren't elite

Dallas made strides, but divisional-round loss to Minnesota shows it's still a step short

Updated: January 18, 2010, 11:34 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Dallas Cowboys should be proud of what they accomplished this season.

They cleaned up their locker room, overcame the demons of the 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that ended the 2008 season, won an NFC East title again and won a playoff game.

Yes, a playoff win. The first since 1996.

And while many are disappointed in the way Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional round went down, it illustrated the fact that the Cowboys are ...

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