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Cowboys' D heals vs. woeful Bucs

Defense back in sync with easy win, but much bigger challenges are on horizon

Updated: December 18, 2011, 2:40 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bravo to the Dallas Cowboys' defense for beating up on a bad offense.

Now it's time to earn their paychecks and a playoff berth.

Coming off a week of heavy, deserved criticism, the Dallas defense did what it was supposed to do in a 31-15 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It made the putrid offense in pewter uniforms look poor, holding the Bucs to one offensive scoring drive and 190 total yards.

It was an especially dominant performance during the half that Pro ...

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