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.
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?