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December 30, 2013

Cowboys defense is historically bad, allowing third-most yards in NFL history

The Cowboys had their best defensive games against the Eagles, allowing 644 yards in two games, with eight sacks and four takeaways. But it might not be enough to save Monte Kiffin's job.

Kiffin inherited a defense built for the 3-4, and he had a host of injuries, including to key players Tyrone Crawford, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff and Sean Lee. But the Cowboys were worse than awful on defense.

They gave up the most yards, most passing yards and most first downs in team history. They finished last in the league in total defense.

The 6,645 total yards they allowed rank third-worst all time behind only the 2012 New Orleans defense (7,042) and the 1981 Baltimore Colts defense (6,793).

The 388 total first downs they allowed rank second-worst all time behind only the 406 that the '81 Colts allowed.

The Cowboys allowed 4,589 passing yards and 231 passing first downs.

They did force 28 takeaways and were plus-eight in turnover ratio.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week he is committed to the scheme, but the Cowboys could have a new look next season with some new faces.

-- Charean Williams



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