Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kyle Wilber (51) recovers a fumble by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (not pictured) in the fourth quarter at AT

Do The Cowboys Have The Worst Defense in the NFL?

Statically, the Dallas Cowboys are ranked dead last when it comes to total team defense. That ranking comes on the heels of their defense allowing a whopping 623 total yards to the Detroit Lions last Sunday. 329 of those yards were recorded by wide receiver Calvin Johnson alone. For the season, Dallas is allowing their opponents an average of 422.5 total yards per game. Yet, do these numbers make the Cowboys defense the worst in the league?

The Cowboys new Monte Kiffin led defense has had problems allowing the “big play” all year. Hence, they have been burned by some of the best quarterbacks in the league.

Week One – Eli Manning – 450 Passing Yards – 4 touchdowns

Week Four – Phillip Rivers – 401 Passing Yards – 3 touchdowns

Week Five – Peyton Manning – 414 Passing Yards – 5 touchdowns

Week Eight – Matthew Stafford – 488 Passing Yards – 1 touchdown

The one redeeming quality of the Dallas’ defense is their ability to cause turnovers. So far this season they have caused 19 takeaways, which is tied for second best in the league. Last year’s defense had a total of 16 takeaways for the entire year.

Despite currently being ranked 26th in rushing defense, Dallas has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. That’s quite impressive considering they have faced some of the NFL’s best running backs. That list included backs like Jamaal Charles (55 yds), LeSean McCoy (55 yds), Alfred Morris (81 yds) and Reggie Bush (92 yds).

But what do you think? Are they the worst defense in the league? Or are the numbers misleading? Place your vote below:

Do The Dallas Cowboys Have The Worst Defense in the NFL?

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  • Troy71

    Why would other teams NEED to run the ball if they are throwing for 400+ yards.. Stop sugar coating it and call it what it is: A heartless effort.. (And I am a die hard fan.. but enough is enough)

    • Mehrdad Yektaparast

      Great comments by both of you. It’s unfortunate to have a great individuals I’m the team but have such a bad team. The issues begin at the very top and ends with coaching staff

  • SmartThinking

    Is it the worst defense? Who cares! It’s bad for Dallas and that’s all that matters. When I watch the Cowboys on defense I see three types of players. The defensive line has the heart of a lion. These are the ‘tryers’. They’re, to the man, doing everything they can, but sadly, they are not getting to the quarterback and the entire team suffers as a result. Next are the ‘half asser’s’. Guys like Claiborne, Church and some others play with an attitude of, ‘oh well. I tried.’ They’re killing this team because they have no passion, or they’ve lost it somewhere along the way. The third layer are the ‘overwhelmed. ‘ every one of the safeties, Carr half the time. These guys just seem either confused, unable to accomplish the task or just plain lost at sea. For all three of these layers, I blame the defensive coaches for not doing more. Yes. You can say that the injuries have disabled this team to its foundation and you’d be correct. But I’d rather see my defense lose the game after doing everything right than lose the game and look inept while doing it. I’m going to tell everyone of you Cowboy fans this. I’ve been a Cowboys supporter since their first game in 1960. I cannot remember a more devastating loss to this team in morale, in the player’s attitudes, in the coaches’ inability to hold this team together, in players like Bryant ranting on the sidelines than this past week’s loss to Detroit. I believe it was the seminal moment that will define the total destruction of this team over the remainder of this season. I think that loss has affected these players and I’m not sure they have the emotional guts to fix the problems and win this division this year. Sad. Very sad.

    • Angel

      Good comment.

      And I’m a Raider fan.
      Our defense wasn’t anything last year to what it is this year. Do you think bringing in a veteran will boost morale on defense? How Charles Woodson did for us? I think that is what they need. Not a complete fixer. But a good start

  • StayGold

    How about putting some blitzes into this defense? I swear they did not blitz one time in the entire second half of the Detroit game. Stafford had plenty of time to let the play develop, let Johnson get open, then make a good throw. Disrupt the qback a little! Knock him down a few times. Throw off his timing.