Cowboys give the illusion of greatness

Underachieving club fools everyone, until it's ultimately revealed as a fake in December

Updated: December 14, 2009, 12:15 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- To borrow a phrase from their former coach, the Dallas Cowboys are what they are.

They are a 9-7 team.

Oh, they're 8-5 right now, as their current coach will probably remind us during his Monday morning news conference. But the annual December downturn has hit in the form of a two-game losing streak that isn't likely to end Saturday night at the Superdome.

They are a team that can't win in the regular season's most important month, an issue that dates ...

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