Cowboys lack consistency on defense

A unit that was viewed as a strength last season has been part of this team's undoing

Updated: December 17, 2010, 6:28 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Once a strength, the Dallas Cowboys' defense has turned into a liability at times and is part of the reason this team is 4-9.

The Cowboys' defense gave up 250 points last season, good for second-fewest in the NFL. That number has skyrocketed to 366 this season, second-highest in the league and 39 points away from tying the franchise record for most points allowed in a season.

The reasons for the defense's demise are numerous, but when asked why the unit has struggled ...

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