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Dallas Cowboys
DAL

DEF DAL

#24 Defense

84 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 9 Yr(s)
Age: N/A
Height: 0'0"
Weight:
40 Time: Not Available

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Floor

4.9

DS Projection

6.5

Consensus

38 other sites
8

Ceiling

9.4

Rest of
Season

5.7

Week 6 Projections
Sacks INTs Fum Rec Defensive TDs Fantasy
2.3 1 0.5 0.2 6.5
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Sacks INTs Fum Rec Defensive TDs Fantasy
2.5 0.7 0.6 0.1 5.7
Week 5
The biggest improvement for this season’s Cowboys has been in taking the ball away from opponents. Sunday’s 2 INTs against the Giants were Dallas’s 5th straight game with at least 2 INTs, tying a franchise record. CB Trevon Diggs leads the NFL with 6 INTs after joining Lemar Parrish and Brian Russell as the only players in the Super Bowl era with an INT in each of the 1st 5 games of a season. A former Alabama WR, the usually sure-handed Diggs couldn’t hold 2 earlier potential INTs vs, the Giants. Those went on the ledger instead as passes defensed. Much-improved CB Anthony Brown put the cherry on a blowout win with a 45-yard INT for a TD. Like most opponents, the Giants tested Brown deep early in the game, and he aced that test. The Dallas defense had no sacks.

There were no repercussions in the Dallas defense after the Cowboys released former Pro Bowl ILB Jaylon Smith, a team leader. Smith had been outplayed by resurgent ILB Leighton Vander Esch and by rookie OLBs Micah Parsons (with a team-high 8 total tackles against New York) and Jabril Cox (who stopped Giants QB Daniel Jones short of the goal line).
Week 4
DC Dan Quinn’s rapidly developing Dallas D was on display in Sunday’s win over Carolina. Perhaps the season’s biggest defensive sensation has been 2nd-year CB Trevon Diggs. He has an NFL-leading 5 INTs in 4 games (also a Cowboys record) after picking off Panthers QB Sam Darnold twice. A defense that had trouble taking the ball away last season leads the league with 8 INTs in 2021. The other CB, Anthony Brown, has learned how to play defense and pass coverage, and had 6 tackles. Off-again, on-again DE Randy Gregory had 2 of the Cowboys’ 5 sacks.

The most telling sign for the Cowboys’ defense is that they released LB Jaylon Smith, a relatively young Pro Bowler in 2019. An even younger LB, 1st-round draft pick Micah Parsons, and formerly injury-plagued ILB Leighton Vander Esch, are meshing well in Quinn’s defense. They could have similar success at home in Week 5 against the Giants.
Week 2
After being displaced in Week 1 by rookie defenders, ILBs Jaylon Smith (team-high 6 tackles, 3 assists) and Leighton VanderEsch (4, 3 and a sack) bounced back with a team-high 6 tackles with 3 assists. Their presence allowed the Cowboys to move No. 1 draft pick Micah Parsons from LB to DE to replace injured DE Demarcus Lawrence. Parsons had just 2 tackles, including a sack, but the Cowboys’ game film told them he was effective in the pass rush. S Jayron Kearse all over with 5 tackles (1 for a loss). Damontae Kazee had the biggest defensive play of the game with an INT in the end zone.

This is not your older brother’s Dallas defense from recent years past. The off-season hiring of Dan Quinn as DC after the Cowboys torched Atlanta for 41 points last season when he was the Falcons’ HC. Bend but don’t break has worked well for a re-energized D. The question is about the Dallas rushing defense. The 1st 2 games have been mostly aerial displays. If teams run more frequently against the Cowboys, will this D hold up?

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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. It'll be his 3rd straight game missed with the groin injury. Fill-in Jayron Kearse sits 23rd among 131 safeties in Pro Football Focus grade and might not cede the job back to Wilson when Wilson is healthy again. DE Randy Gregory is questionable with a knee injury. He popped up on the injury report after missing practice Thursday, then put in a limited Friday workout.

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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers with a groin injury. It's an aggravation of an issue that dogged him through most of August. The fact that he logged no practice time despite the long week following a Week 1 Thursday night contest doesn't seem to bode well. S Damonte Kazee is also questionable after sustaining with a thigh injury Thursday. He finished the week with a limited Friday practice. We'll check the status on both players Sunday afternoon.

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Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch and S Xavier Woods left Sunday's win over the 49ers with injuries. Vander Esch injured an ankle, which will require a Monday MRI. Woods sustained a rib injury. We'll see about the status of both defensive starters heading into next Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia. Neither is more than a low-level IDP option at this point, though.

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Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy "expressed confidence" Monday that CB Trevon Diggs, CB Chidobe Awuzie and S Donovan Wilson will return to practice Wednesday. Wilson missed the past 2 games with a groin injury. Diggs has been on IR since a Week 9 foot fracture but is eligible to return whenever he proves ready. Awuzie missed last week's game on the COVID list. Diggs and Awuzie are the starting outside corners when healthy. Wilson reached 100% playing time in his last 2 games. All 3 will have some IDP relevance if they make it back for Sunday's game against San Francisco.

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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson is inactive for tonight's game against the Ravens. DE Aldon Smith is active. He turned up questionable with an illness that cost him some practice time but is good to go for IDP lineups. Darian Thompson looks like the stand-in for Wilson, in case you're in need.

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