by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant, who's missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, said he did a lot of running Monday and believes he'll be ready to play Week 14 at Chicago, reports the Dallas Morning News. “I feel real good,” Durant told the paper. “I’m comfortable enough to go out there, so hopefully they allow me to participate.”
Durant has 23 tackles and a forced fumble in nine games.
Keep Cowboys DST on sideline Week 14
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Coming off a rough Thanksgiving performance, the Cowboys DST won't find the going any easier in Chicago on Monday night. Marc Trestman's Bears give up the 13th-fewest Fantasy points (8.9 per game) to opposing DSTs and they average 26.9 points in real life, fifth most in the NFL.
Chicago's offense hasn't suffered with quarterback Josh McCown filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, so it doesn't matter who starts Monday.
Dallas ranks dead last in total defense (421.6). The Cowboys DST has stayed relevant by scoring six touchdowns, tied for second behind the Chiefs DST's eight.
Dallas should get a boost from the return of linebacker Sean Lee, who's missed two games with a hamstring injury. But it won't make the Cowboys DST worth starting.
Sean Lee expected back in lineup Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning linebacker Sean Lee will return to the lineup Week 14 at Chicago after missing two games with a hamstring injury, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Brandon Carr has momentum-changing interception
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/28/13) Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr arguably made the play of the game for the Dallas defense during a 31-24 win Week 13 vs. Oakland. With Dallas ahead 28-21 and Oakland driving for the game-tying score midway through the fourth quarter, Carr picked off a Matt McGloin pass in the end zone.
The Cowboys then drove 79 yards on 14 plays, chewing up 6 minutes and 43 seconds before settling for a 19-yard field goal with 1:56 to play to give Dallas a 10-point lead. Carr finished with three solo tackles.
"He just threw it up and they’d got enough big balls on us throughout the game," Carr said, per ESPN. "I figured it was time to go ahead and make a play and shift the momentum."
Late interception helps seal win for Dallas Week 13
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/28/13) The Cowboys used a strong defensive effort in the second half Thursday vs. Oakland to rally for a 31-24 win Week 13. Oakland finished with 305 yards, which included 50 rushing yards.
The Cowboys got into an early hole Thursday, as the Raiders scooped up a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders would jump out to a 21-14 halftime lead behind two rushing touchdowns from Rashad Jennings. However, Oakland was held to one field goal in the second half, which allowed Dallas to storm back for the win.
The Cowboys forced just one turnover, but it was a big one. With Dallas leading 28-21 and Oakland driving for the tying score midway through the fourth quarter, Brandon Carr intercepted a Matt McGloin pass in the end zone. The Cowboys kicked a field goal on the next drive, while chewing up 6:43 on the clock.
Perhaps one of the few negatives for the defense was the Cowboys failed to record a sack Thursday. Dallas is back in action Week 14 at Chicago.
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The Cowboys DST was among the most disappointing units in 2012. The Cowboys DST was drafted as a starting option last year but finished No. 27 in Fantasy points. They managed just seven interceptions, which was tied for lowest in the NFL, with only 34 sacks, nine fumbles and four defensive touchdowns. Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator, and Monte Kiffin was brought in. The unit will switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme and run Kiffin's famous “Tampa 2” defense, but anything should be better than last year. We don't consider the Cowboys DST worth drafting in most formats, but they are a unit to watch. If Kiffin can turn this defense around quickly they could be worth adding off the waiver wire. (Updated 4/26/13)