DEFENSIVE FIREPOWER REUNITED
The Dallas defense is more complete (on all three levels) than the last meeting.
SECONDARY MAKING STRIDES
Which nickel coverage combination sounds more competent to Cowboys fans?
- Game 2: Lewis and Awuzie outside, Xavier Woods (or Brown) in slot
- Game 1: Anthony Brown and Nolan Carroll outside, Scandrick in slot
Anyone choosing the Game 1 option might want to recall Brown was benched last week for poor outside play and Carroll was cut in October.
DEFENSIVE LINE ADDS POP
Not only will pass rush greatly increase, but the linebackers return to full strength.
BEST LINEBACKERS BACK TOGETHER
Back in September Jaylon Smith was making his first ever NFL start. It was his first real game action since decimating his knee in a college bowl game.
Hitchens has elevated his play to a high level this season. The two best Cowboys linebackers have only been in the lineup together four times this season.
Three of those ended in double digit wins against San Francisco, Washington, and Kansas City. All three opposing offenses failed to score 20 points.
The one loss against Atlanta has no relevance since Lee left in the first quarter.
Dallas now has a revamped secondary, two new starters (11 more sacks) on the defensive line, and their best linebacker combination back together.
This unit is much better than the one that only allowed a field goal in the opener.