Is Dallas Cowboys’ Defense for Real?

By peteosmolia
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In Sunday night’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, Dallas’ defense led the way from the start. On the Giants’ first play from scrimmage, DeMarcus Ware promptly ended their drive with a crucial interception. Monte Kiffin, the new defensive coordinator in Dallas, preaches creating turnovers — and the Cowboys defense did not disappoint.

On New York’s next two consecutive drives, the Cowboys’ defense forced two turnovers. The second drive was ended when New York’s running back David Wilson was stripped of the ball inside the 20-yard line. The Giants’ third drive ended with another Eli Manning interception. The first half of this game was controlled by the Cowboys’ defense.

The Dallas offense struggled early in the game. They only generated three points from the Giants’ first three turnovers. As the offense struggled, the defense kept them in the game. Many questioned if the depleted Dallas defense could compete with such a potent New York offense, and I think they answered the question.

The only blunder for the Cowboys’ defense came on a blown coverage by safety Will Allen, which led to a Victor Cruz touchdown reception. Allen later redeemed himself by picking off a pass from Manning. The Cowboys’ defense had a total of six takeaways for the game. They already have one third of the takeaways that they had all of last season.

Once Tony Romo and the Dallas offense got going, they opened the game up. Romo found tight end Jason Witten for two scored and picked the Giants’ secondary apart. If the Cowboys defense can keep generating turnovers like they did tonight, this team is definitely going to make a run in the playoffs. Their defense was nothing short of spectacular; when the offense starts clicking, the Cowboys will be a force to be reckoned with.

Pete Osmolia is a Dallas Cowboys writer for Follow him on Twitter @posmolia and like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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