3 defensive moves the Cowboys still need to make this offseason

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The Dallas Cowboys are arguably ways away from being a top team in the NFC.  Last season was considered a disastrous year for the Cowboys as the team was all out of sorts.

Their defense was considered one of the worst in the NFL. Dallas’ defense allowed a franchise-record 473 points last season (29.6 ppg) and ranked 31st in rush yards allowed per game (158.8). It appeared that the Cowboys couldn’t stop anyone on offense and struggled to get teams off the field as they ranked 27th in the opponent’s average time of possession (31:38).

Their offense seemed to be dominant with quarterback Dak Prescott under center. However, even without the injury to him, the Cowboys were not considered a solid football team. In five games with Prescott last season, Dallas was only 2-3.

The Cowboys also suffered plenty of injuries throughout the season. Players like guard Zack Martin, tackle Tyron Smith and tackle La’el Collins played a combined zero snaps together. By week 12, the Cowboys were missing 13 players, which placed them eighth among the most injured teams in the NFL, according to culturesupplier.com.

As a result, the Cowboys still likely need to make plenty of additions to make this team complete. With injuries hopefully past them and Prescott signed, the Dallas Cowboys might be a better team in 2021. However, the Cowboys should make these three defensive moves to make them true contenders in the NFC.