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Cowboys trace top-5 defense to draft, starting with Lawrence

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli remembers the night the Cowboys traded up in the second round of the 2014 draft to grab DeMarcus Lawrence because they thought he was the last pass rusher on the board with the skills to become elite.

Four years and several significant draft decisions later, Dallas is in line for its highest defensive ranking since 2003, and on the verge of joining that Bill Parcells-coached team as a defense-first playoff qualifier.

The Cowboys reversed the offense-dominated formula of quarterback Tony Romo's era without a sky-high draft pick such as star running back Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 overall choice two years ago.

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NFC East Division
TeamWLTPct
Dallas 850.615
Philadelphia 670.462
Washington 670.462
New York 580.385
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: D. Prescott3131
Pass TDs: D. Prescott17
Rush Yds: E. Elliott1262
Rush TDs: E. Elliott6
Rec Yds: A. Cooper922
Rec TDs: A. Cooper7
Int: L. Vander Esch2
Sacks: D. Lawrence8.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 4558 (20)
Passing Yards: 3131 (23)
Rushing Yards: 1720 (6)
Points per game: 21.2 (23)
Yards per game: 350.6 (20)
Touchdowns: 28 (23)
Field Goals: 27 (5)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 4074 (4)
Passing Yards: 3155 (8)
Rushing Yards: 1129 (3)
Points per game: 18.9 (2)
Yards per game: 313.4 (4)
Touchdowns: 26 (4)
Field Goals: 20 (13)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/12 O. Omoile pract. squad add
11/26 T. Decoud pract. squad add
11/21 C. Ringo pract. squad add
11/20 D. Thompson signed
11/19 C. Ringo cut
11/17 C. Ringo active/prac. squad
11/17 D. Thompson cut
11/14 A. Shittu pract. squad add
11/12 T. Williams suspension lifted
11/9 L. Lenoir active/prac. squad
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/9 T. Austin groin (Out)
12/9 M. Gallup illness (Questionable)
12/9 D. Irving ankle (Out)
12/9 S. Lee hamstring (Out)
12/9 T. Smith neck (Questionable)
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