First loss doesn't shake Cowboys' confidence

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys eliminated one huge distraction with their first loss of the season.

One loss doesn't eliminate Super Bowl expectations for the Cowboys (3-1), but it did drop them from the top of the NFC East, the league's toughest division.

They're behind the New York Giants (3-0) and tied with the Redskins. (And, remember, the New England Patriots went undefeated in the regular season a year ago but lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.)

The Cowboys should have a chance to correct things over the next few weeks.

After playing at home Sunday against Cincinnati (0-4), the Cowboys are on the road against Arizona (2-2) and St. Louis (0-4). That means they play half of the league's four remaining winless teams in the next three weeks, sandwiched by a game against a Cardinals team they have dominated through the years.

Notes: Cowboys NT Tank Johnson was upset with Washington RB Rock Cartwright dancing on the star logo in the middle of Texas Stadium
after the game, calling it a "childish" act. "I told him don't disrespect our field," Johnson said. "Why would you dance on our star like you won the Super Bowl?" ... Dallas and Detroit are the only defenses still without an interception this season. "It wasn't a problem the first three games, but it was this game," Phillips said. Meanwhile, Romo has thrown interceptions in seven consecutive games.

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