Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Time for the Cowboys Passing Defense to Step up

This week, the Cowboys will be on the road to face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have a 6-2 records and have been hot this season. Drew Brees is leading a strong offense as usual and we’ll be facing a familiar foe on defense. Former Cowboys defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, has made some great improvements over the Saints defense. The Saints are a Super Bowl contender this season; can the Cowboys play to their level?

This could be a nightmare matchup for the Cowboys passing defense. The Cowboys are currently ranked second last in passing yards per game, giving up 305.2 yards per game. The Saints have the third best passing defense in the league. On paper, this doesn’t look good for the Cowboys. However, yards are a very small indicator when examining an effective defense.

I’ve learned from Madden that if you want to win the game, you have to score more points than your opponent. That’s basic football. Despite giving up the second most yards per game, the Cowboys are 15th in points allowed. This is a bend-don’t-break defense. We are going to give up yards, but we’re going to make it difficult for our opponents to score on us.

One stat that he haven’t focused much on is interceptions and forced fumbles. The Cowboys are only behind the Seahawks and Broncos for most interceptions. Everyone knows the Saints are going to be passing a lot, so this means there will be more chances for the Cowboys to get interceptions. The Cowboys are also tied for third in forced fumbles. We all know that this defense likes to force turnovers, but lately we’ve been more focused on how many yards this defense has given up.

The solution to beating the Saints is not holding them down to low yards. If we want to win, we have to get turnovers and make the most of it. The Cowboys showed that they can compete with the best, let see if they can do it again this week.

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  • SmartThinking

    The Saints are an excellent passing team. But Dallas has faced better, more lethal passing teams so far in Denver and San Diego. Again, Bree’s involves his backs by throwing to them in the backfield or with short passes on the run. Dallas’s receivers appear to catch the ball and are tackled at or near the point of the catch. New Orleans’ back catch and run for yardage. Big difference! Defending against Bree’s’ style of offensive means keeping the linebackers up close to defend against the short pass to the backs. Then, he goes deep to his receivers. Dallas’ defensive secondary needs to keep its options open and watch Brees. He’ll tell the Dallas defense where he’s gonna go with the ball. And, as always, the defensive front line needs to apply intense pressure to force him to make quicker throws.