More Pathetic Defensive Stats
Yesterday’s post noted that the Cowboys have given up as many 200-yard receiving efforts in the past two games as the franchise had in 50 previous seasons. The defensive picture as a whole doesn’t look any better in light of several other important statistics.
In terms of defending the pass, the Cowboys rank in the bottom quarter of almost every category. Consider these:
Passing yards allowed per game: 254.4. NFL rank: 27th.
TD passes allowed: 27. NFL rank 31st.
Long pass play: 91-yard TD. Longest in the NFL in 2010.
Pass plays of 20+ yards allowed: 47. NFL rank: 28th (tie).
Pass plays of 40+ yards allowed: 10. NFL rank: 29th.
Opponent QB rating: 97.9. NFL rank: 30th.
The one area where the Cowboys are closer to the middle is interceptions. Dallas now has 15 picks, which is tied for 10th most in the league.
The Cowboys are at least closer to mediocre in terms of run defense.
Rushing yards allowed per game: 112.7. NFL rank: 17th.
Rushing yards per attempt allowed: 4.3. NFL rank: 17th (tie).
TDs allowed: 11. NFL rank: 17th (tie).
Run plays of 20+ yards allowed: 11. NFL rank: 21st (tie).
Run plays of 40+ yards allowed: 2. NFL rank: 19th (tie).
The number of long plays is especially disheartening. The Cowboys gave up a total of 54 plays of 20 or more yards in 16 games in 2009. During those 16 games, Dallas only gave up five plays of 40 or more yards, including no rushing plays of that distance. In only 13 games in 2010, Dallas has given up 58 plays of 20 or more yards and 12 plays of 40 or more.