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Cowboys sport mature confidence

Against Bengals, team revisits hard-knock lessons of 2008 and its failed expectations

Updated: August 9, 2010, 9:05 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

CANTON, Ohio -- The Dallas Cowboys' tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, especially the Super Bowl exhibits, served as inspiration. Their reunion with the stars of the 2008 "Hard Knocks" reality series should serve as a reminder.

High expectations can set a team up for a hard fall. That's what happened a couple of seasons ago to a dysfunctional, drama-ridden Dallas squad that entered the season as a Super Bowl favorite and ended it as a spectacle.

"We just failed. Failed miserably," ...

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