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Cowboys need to erase bitter taste

Week 3 stumble to Texans would be harder to swallow than preseason vanilla loss

Updated: September 24, 2010, 10:01 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Let's get all the excuses for the Dallas Cowboys' lopsided preseason loss to the Houston Texans out of the way:

• The Cowboys' game plan had as much flair and creativity as a typical Wade Phillips news conference. The term used over and over around Valley Ranch was "vanilla," but that's an insult to a fine flavor.

• Houston was the final stop on a five-week, seven-city training camp/marketing tour odyssey for the Cowboys. Players shouldn't ...

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