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Cowboys Defense Makes History (In a Bad Way)

Through five weeks, Dallas has allowed three 400-yard passers



    The Cowboys new-look defense made history on Sunday, and not in a good way.

    Citing the Elias Sports Bureau, Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas writes today that, with the 51-48 loss to Denver, Dallas became just the fourth team in history to allow three 400-yard passers in a season. That it took them just five games to do it would be kind of impressive if it weren’t so frustrating.

    Last week, Dallas allowed 401 yards to San Diego’s Philip Rivers and in Week One, they surrendered 450 yards to the Giants’ Eli Manning.

    On Sunday, Eli’s brother Peyton became lucky No. 3, going for 414 yards and four passing touchdowns (he ran another one in). Through much of the game, the elder Manning made the Cowboys defense look completely impotent, a fact that wasn’t lost on the Dallas defenders.

    “Defensively, we were just terrible,” linebacker and defensive captain Sean Lee said, per MacMahon. “There is no way around it. We were just terrible across the board. Fifty-one points--unbelievable. We need to take a look at ourselves, visually and collectively and find a way because we let the team down.”

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