Dallas defense must lead playoff run

As the schedule gets tough down the stretch, defense knows it has to step up

Updated: November 28, 2009, 7:19 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- They don't force a lot of turnovers, don't have an elite cornerback and their best playmaker is double-teamed almost every play.

The Cowboys' defense isn't known for its flash, but collectively it's performed well enough to allow this team to maintain first place in the NFC East.

Over the next five weeks, the Cowboys' defense will be tested. That test will look something like this:

1. New York Giants: 11th in points per game. 2. San Diego Chargers: Tied for ...

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