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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