by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9:15 am ET) It takes more of a glance than an examination of the numbers to realize that the Dallas DST is a miserable Fantasy play in Week 15. Make that the rest of the year.
The Cowboys have surrendered 490 or more total yards five times in their last 10 games and have forced just six turnovers in their last five. They rank last in the NFL in passing yards allowed (3,880), second-last in touchdowns given up through the air (26), 28th in rushing yards surrendered (1,669), 25th in touchdowns yielded on the ground (14) and 30th in average rushing YPC (4.8).
That pretty much covers it. They're terrible. And they're a terrible option even against a mediocre Packers offense if Matt Flynn starts at quarterback or an explosive one if Aaron Rodgers returns.
Bottom line: Don't even dream about putting the Cowboys DST in your lineups.
DeMarcus Ware gets sixth sack
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/10/13) Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware picked up his sixth sack, and 117th of his career, in the Week 14 loss at Chicago. He finished with three tackles, all solo.
Ware still does not look 100 percent after dealing with a quad injury earlier this season. He plays the Packers on Sunday.
Report: Sean Lee expected to face Packers
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/10/13) There is no structural damage to Sean Lee's neck, just soreness and stiffness, and the Cowboys' middle linebacker is expected to play Sunday against Green Bay, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. Lee suffered the neck injury Monday night at Chicago.
Sean Lee headed for MRI
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/10/13) Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who hurt his neck in Monday's loss at Chicago, will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, reports ESPN.com. Lee is Dallas' second-leading tackler with 99 stops, and he has four interceptions.
Cowboys DST gets humiliated in national spotlight
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/10/13) Monday Night Football might have been the low point for the Cowboys' defense. Dallas let the Bears roll up 498 yards and score on their first eight possessions.
The Cowboys came in ranked last in total defense (421.6), then yielded 76 yards more than their average. Chicago converted 8 of 11 third downs, produced 32 first downs and controlled the ball for 36:33. A DeMarcus Ware sack was Dallas' only defensive highlight.
The battered and humbled Cowboys DST plays the Packers in Week 15.
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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)