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Cowboys Defense Makes A Statement In Win Over New York Giants

The made a statement last night.

Going into their the Cowboys were facing a lot of question marks. More than you'd expect from a team which went 13-3 the year before, at least.

Offensively, we knew what the Cowboys could do. is one of the top three running backs in football, has become one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and the features three All-Pro players.

But, even with all of that being said, we hadn't seen the Cowboys dominate this just yet.

Defensively, however, is where most of the Cowboys questions were rooted. Six “starters” on the defense had departed, and new faces were going to be relied upon to step up in their place. Upfront, the Cowboys has faced more criticism than any group on the roster. And for the most part, that criticism has been justifiable. Even the linebackers with All-Pro faced some uncertainty, as forced to start at MIKE before most thought he'd be ready.

The result?

Three points.

Sure, the Giants were without Odell Beckham. And, of course, the Giants offensive line is a rather putrid unit. But if an offense is as bad as we expect the Giants' to be, then a good defense must beat up on them just as the Cowboys did last night.

dominated all night, beating Bobby Hart with absolute ease whenever the two matched up. controlled the interior of the line of scrimmage as well, and with Sean Lee patrolling behind them, the Giants couldn't get anything going on the ground.

The Cowboys looked better than anyone had realistically expected, and the was incredible in coverage all night long.

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Dallas Cowboys (30) runs off the field with his interception during a 2016 game against the , Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants defeated the Cowboys, 10-7. (James D. Smith via AP)

The final turning point of the game came after the Cowboys offense stalled and was forced to punt. Leading 16-3 the Cowboys needed to halt the Giants one more time, and give their offense a chance to run the clock out the rest of the way. After getting a little momentum rolling, Anthony Brown jumped in front of an pass and came away with an interception.

For a secondary which has struggled to get their hands on the ball and create turnovers, it was incredibly encouraging to see Brown make that play.

There are 15 (and hopefully more) games remaining, and a lot can happen. The Cowboys defense is still not a great unit, but they made a statement last night. Now with rather weak offensive units in Denver and Arizona coming up next, the Cowboys defense should be able to hold up and give their prolific offense chances every week.

It wasn't always pretty last night, but it certainly should be encouraging.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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