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: