Cowboys Lead the League in Total Defense

The Dallas Cowboys have led the NFL in total defense four times. This stat is based on total yards allowed.

Three of those four seasons were quite memorable: 1977, 1992, and 1994. The last time was 2003, when the Cowboys made it to the playoffs but fell to Carolina in the wildcard round.

Yes, I’m getting way ahead of myself, but after giving up just 166 yards to Tampa Bay on Sunday, the Cowboys rank first in yards allowed, giving up 250.0 per game. The Cowboys’ next opponent, Chicago, ranks sixth.

The offense has continued to slide and now ranks 20th in total yards. After picking up 297 yards on Sunday, the Cowboys have averaged 342 per game.  The rushing attack ranks even lower, as the Cowboys’ per-game average of 76.7 ranks 27th in the league.

As far as individuals, Tony Romo‘s passer rating of 89.3 is lower than any rating he’s had during six previous seasons as a starter. He is currently on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards, but he has only four touchdown passes in three games.

DeMarco Murray‘s 213 rushing yards ties for 14th in the league and is just ahead of Washington’s Robert Griffin III.

Former Arkansas Razorback standout Felix Jones has two carries for zero yards. He shares identical rushing statistics with Oakland punter Shane Lechler. No, not a compliment.

Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree are both in the top 40 among NFL receivers. Dez Bryant is not at this point, but thank goodness for his punt return on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Lastly, Sean Lee  managed only six tackles against Tampa Bay and fell out of the league lead in tackles. His interception on Sunday, though, was crucial in the Dallas win.

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.

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