At the midway point of the season, the Cowboys’ defense finds itself trending up. This is even more evident after stuffing one of the most explosive offenses on Sunday against the Chiefs.

In the offseason, a lot of questions came up about the personnel turnover on the defensive side of the ball with the mass exodus of veteran players that were contributors over the years. That brought an influx of young players in to contribute and depth guys expected to have larger roles.

The national media questioned whether this defense could make a difference with so much change. What they didn’t account for was what was already here while the young guys got accommodated.

It’s been veterans like Sean Lee, Crawford, Lawrence, Irving, and Scandrick that have led this defense the same way the perception of the guys who left did.

When Dallas has won it’s not just been on the back of its elite offense. Since the return of David Irving (who has 6 sacks in 4 games), the Cowboys have a duo of pass rushers that offenses have to account for on every play in Irving and Lawrence (10.5 sacks). When you worry about them you forget about Crawford and Collins who have combined for 7 sacks.

Behind them is one of the most important Cowboys players on offense or defense in Sean Lee. When Lee plays this defense has been very good as well as this team, posting a 5-1 record when he is on the field. Holding teams to less than 80 yards rushing per game.

The way the front-seven is performing has given the back end of the defense, where they are extremely young, time to figure things out. There has been outstanding play from each young player throughout the year, none more so than Jourdan Lewis. However, there have also been times where you see the experience factor. But the two units are finding ways to work together as the year progresses.

Don’t look now but the Cowboys Defense is finding its way and looks to be improved from last year. After essentially shutting down one of the top offensive units last Sunday, the proof in the pudding is starting to show.

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