While the Dallas Cowboys’ first-team offense struggled to score points and fumbled the ball away, the first-team defense looked rather impressive once again Saturday night.
On the first drive of the game for the Arizona Cardinals, the defense held Carson Palmer and Co. to a three-and-out series, only to be let down by Dwayne Harris. Harris fumbled the ensuing punt, giving the defense just 22 yards of field to defend.
However, they held strong and only gave up a field goal. A definite success when you’re starting inside in your own red zone.
On the second possession of the game, the Cardinals sustained a long drive, but it ended when Palmer threw an incomplete pass on fourth down. The incompletion was forced due to pressure by defensive end Jerome Long.
Their last time on the field, Monte Kiffin’s unit gave up one first down, but eventually forced the Cardinals to punt.
The strong performance of the starting unit has been the highlight of the preseason for the Cowboys. And this is a unit still missing Anthony Spencer, Morris Claiborne, and Jay Ratliff. If they keep up the hot play we’ve seen in the first three games, this will surely be a Top 10 defensive unit with the other three starters projected to return to face the Giants in Week 1.
The defense is surely ahead of the offense at this point, and the sudden change to the 4-3 surely has reaped benefits so far. The ‘Boys look primed to create takeaways or stop opposing offenses.