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Dallas Cowboys: People Finally Recognizing the Defense’s Talent

Caught in the ' horrible 2015 campaign has been the play of their . Last night against the , the Cowboys' defense shined. For about 58 minutes of the game, the Cowboys hadn't given up a touchdown to a team that has played extremely well when playing in their home stadium.

Unfortunately, because of the ineptitude of the this year, thanks to guys like and , Dallas' defense has been faced with many short-fields and tasks throughout the season. On Monday night, the Cowboys turned the football over three times. The Cowboys' defense held the Redskins to just 3 points on those turnovers.

Things started early in the game when had two in the first three plays from scrimmage in the game. Lawrence has had a tough season in 2015. In his rookie year, he showed a ton of progression, but when the Cowboys signed , the move sent Lawrence over to be the right where he's had to deal with stronger and bigger right tackles. Lawrence got going on Monday night and if he can continue this play, and get pressure from both Hardy and , the Cowboys' defense will continue to thrive.

had arguably his best game of the season in Week 13, posting 13 total tackles, one sack, and two tackles that came for a loss of yards. Before the year, the Cowboys moved Lee to the weak side position so he would be able to play more in space and have less of a chance of . The pair of Lee and has been a special one in the middle of the Cowboys' .

For the Cowboys to beat the on Sunday, they may need to play a perfect game. The defense will rise to the occasion, but if the Cowboys turn the football over on offense, something they have struggled with all season, then this game won't even be as close. and are not the same player. The former will be able to take advantage of takeaways. Dallas needs to play clean football going forward. That's the only way they can win the .

Ryan Ratty
Ryan Ratty
An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

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Greg Sturges

Hey man, I know what you meant but you dropped a 'right' DE when you meant 'left' DE: "but when the Cowboys signed Greg Hardy, the move sent Lawrence over to be the RIGHT defensive end where he’s had to deal with stronger and bigger right tackles."

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