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8 Stats That Tell the Story of the Cowboys’ Defense

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The Cowboys’ defense hasn’t been good in 2012. They haven’t been great. They’ve been sensational. A blocked punt and a few short fields have changed the general perception of the defense, causing many to believe the D has been just okay. On a per-play basis, the Cowboys have been among the best defenses in the NFL. I broke down eight stats that show why at DMN, and here are the two most important. . .

4.4: Yards-per-play allowed by Dallas—the lowest mark in the NFL

No defense has been more efficient than your Dallas Cowboys through the season’s first three weeks. If the defense played even average against the Giants or Bucs, this team would be 1-2 or even 0-3. Part of the success has come because the ‘Boys are one of only three teams that have defended more rushes than passes. Nonetheless, the efficiency has been extraordinary.

4.7: Net yards-per-attempt allowed by Cowboys’ pass defense

Year in and year out, net YPA is the most predictive stat in terms of overall team performance. Passing the football effectively and, likewise, halting the opposition’s passing attack is absolutely essential in the NFL. The Cowboys are doing it better than all but one team (Green Bay Packers).

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