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Vikings, Saints similar to '07 Cowboys

Updated: January 13, 2010, 4:29 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- They entered December as the NFC favorites before backing into the playoffs.

That formula failed for the 2007 Dallas Cowboys, who enjoyed a bye week -- perhaps too much -- after losing two of their last three games and wound up with much more time off during the playoffs than they had planned.

"Everybody knows you can't flip the switch," cornerback Terence Newman said after the Cowboys' playoff loss to the New York Giants that season.

We'll see whether ...

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