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Cowboys acclimate to London quickly

LONDON -- The Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team but they quickly became London’s Team, at least in their own mind.

After the overnight flight on Monday from Dallas, the Cowboys were told to stay awake for as long as possible in order to avoid jetlag, which would lead to a poor Wednesday practice.

The Cowboys consider themselves acclimated. Barry Church said he stayed awake until 11 p.m. playing video games with some teammates. To avoid boredom, he walked around the team’s hotel.

“I knew if I went back to my room it would’ve been a wrap,” Church said.

He stayed up and Wednesday’s practice at Allianz Park felt like a Wednesday practice at Valley Ranch.

“A little cold, but it felt like a normal Wednesday,” Church said.

Tight end Jason Witten called it a “good day” even though Tony Romo remained at the team hotel to receive treatment on his back.

“Coach [Jason] Garrett was quick to remind us not to lose sight on why we’re out here and what the objective is,” Witten said.

Coming off two straight losses, the Cowboys have lost some of their shine from the 6-1 start, but Garrett likes how his team has reacted.

“I think our team feels good,” Garrett said. “Obviously disappointing to lose the last couple of ballgames and the biggest thing we try to do as a football staff is treat the victories and the defeats the same way, try to take the emotion out of them the best you can and learn from the experience, build on the good things and correct the bad things and move forward. That’s the nature of this league. You play 16 games and you have to do that. For years there’s a 24-hour rule in the NFL. You allow that last game to hang around for 24 hours, both the good and bad and you move on and you move on quickly. That’s just the nature of the league and the mindset that we have to have that and we’ve adopted all year long and that’s what we’ll continue to have.”