Are The Dallas Cowboys Getting Better?

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Statistically through the first 9 games of the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are actually getting better.  In the 2012 season the Cowboys boasted a record of 3-5 through the NFL’s first 9 games.  This season the Cowboys are 5-4.   Now you can scratch your head at that but the numbers are there we are a better team this season supposedly.


Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive end Caesar Rayford (95) in the second quarter at AT

It’s hard to believe that yes we are a better team than we were last year.  The stats through the first 9 NFL games show that the Cowboys are.   Defensively last year through the first 9 weeks, Dallas’ defense allowed 2500 total yards.  This year they have allowed 3773 total yards.  While this is staggering that the defense has allowed that many yards, we still have 5 wins and 4 losses and are above .500.  Last season we were 3-5.  While the yardage may leave lots of cause for concern, the turnovers on the other hand are mind-blowing.  Through 9 weeks last season running the 3-4 defense and having defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Cowboys defense was only able to force 8 turnovers while this year under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and running the 4-3 defense Dallas has forced 21 turnovers.  On a personal observation, even though numerous of our defensive starters have been injured this Cowboys team has found a way to over come that most times but they may not be the defense fans are looking for one a weekly basis and they may be a bit more inconsistent than us fans would like them to be, they are looking less confused than they have in previous years.  Defensively we can also say why yes the 4-3 is a simpler defense to plug players in when injuries happen than the 3-4 defense is as a 3-4 requires more read and reaction to what’s going on offensively.  Perhaps simplifying the defense is what has turned the corner with the Cowboys defense?

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  • Juanito Juanito

    yes, but romo still fail in big games

  • SmartThinking

    This Dallas team is one of the most neurotic group of individuals to ever wear the Star. Nobody, not even the players, know who’ll show up on any given Sunday: the team that came within a point of beating Denver with 500+ offensive yards or, the team that lost by a point to, take your pick — Kansas City, Detroit or Denver, and had to fight it out with 1-7 Minneapolis, all where mistakes made the difference. Dallas has fielded fundamentally better teams than their wins show all season long. It’s those pesky mistakes that get you every time … That and a colossal inferiority complex in the ‘We’re good enough to compete with anybody,” department. Even with the injuries, even with the bad breaks, mostly self-inflicted, this team, when it sets it’s mind to it, can compete with just about anybody. Across the board, our elite players can play with anybody. So, to the question of is Dallas is getting better as the season progresses. It’s my contention that Dallas has always been better than most of its competition so far and could, conceivably, have been 9-0 or 8-1 coming into this next game if they’d have believed in themselves. What will give this team an enormous dose of self-confidence is if they (a.) sweep their division, (b.) win two of those division games decisively, like plus two touchdowns, and, (c.) beat either New Orleans tomorrow night, Green Bay, and/or Chicago –three teams everyone expects Dallas to lose to. So much of professional football is mental. If this team could get psyched to believe in themselves, they’d finish this season with the other division winners fearing them instead of looking forward to playing them for a one week vacation.

  • Jd

    I’m not going to say better yet, I will say healthier. And we definitely will be healthier after our bye week. As completely out of sync we looked against Minnesota, Philadelphia and Washington is definitely disturbing to me. Especially when you consider the fact that we are more talented then all 3 and should be a nightmare for opposing defenses to prepare for. Bottom line is, if we’re talking about getting better on the defensive side of the ball, we have to talk healthy first. And if we’re talking about getting better on the offensive side of the ball, it’s simple: RUN THE FOOTBALL.
    There is no way any defense can cover dez, Williams, Beasley, Witten & Austin, when healthy, in single coverage. Problem is, we run the ball 9, 10 times a game and we’re always facing 5 corners & safeties. And 4 can’t beat 5 too many times. The only way we get better is if Callahan gets Murray, Randle and Tanner the ball and wear down these defenses. That will open up single coverage & no one can stop us there.