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Was The Cowboys Defense Actually Any Better Vs. The Bengals?

For the first time this season the Cowboys completed a wire-to-wire win on Sunday, defeating the two-win Bengals, 30-7.

Despite holding similar records, this game never felt competitive, with the Cowboys having a clear talent advantage in some key areas. The story of the game were the three first half takeaways, however, as the Cowboys' positive turnover regression hit harder than over the middle.

Three fumbles on their first three possessions led to a quick 17-0 lead for the Cowboys, but did their actually show signs of life in this win?

certainly did.

The Bengals had no answer for Tank Lawrence, who finished with a for loss and a forced fumble in the win. He was nearly unblockable in the first half, causing havoc for Brandon Allen and the Bengals .

Aldon Smith
(58) returns a fumble for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the in Cincinnati, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

I can even let the Cowboys off the hook for their performance. Though it felt like and AJ Green could get anything they wanted through the air, Dallas' extremely banged up secondary held up okay for much of the game. And considering they were missing each of their top three cornerbacks, it's hard to be too demanding of the group.

The interior of this , though, continues to be putrid.

At times a or an may flash, but those flashes are few and far between. These defensive tackles cannot get off blocks, failing to create penetration against the run and pressure against the pass. and have caught a lot of deserved criticism this season for their poor run fits and inability to defeat blocks, but these defensive tackles do them no favors.

As a fan, this was a nice for the Cowboys.

For the first time this year they came out and beat up on an inferior team. But do not let Jerry and lie to you this week. This defense did not turn a corner on Sunday. In fact, they allowed way too much yardage and gave too much bend against an awful Bengals offense.

This remains a front-running unit that, when things are good, can pile on opponents. But when things go the other way…

Well, the rest of the happens.

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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