Hatcher and Ware are key for the defense.
Dallas’ defense has had its ups and downs through 12 games. In general, most discussions involving the defense have not been good ones, seeing as how the defense is having one of its worst statistical seasons in the history of the franchise.
The defense currently ranks last in total defense, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Defensive captain, and arguably one of the best linebackers in football, Sean Lee returns from injury this week. Despite missing the last few games, Lee still ranks 22nd in the league in total tackles. His presence in the middle of the defense will be felt immediately.
Another linebacker Dallas has been missing is Justin Durant. After missing the last two games, he too returned to practice on Thursday, per Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.
But maybe the best news from the team this week is that DeMarcus Ware is feeling like his normal self. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Ware discussed how he’s feeling better.
I was doing a lot of moves I usually don’t do, I was doing them in practice, feeling really confident in it. I’ve got my strength back, so I’m happy about that.
With all of the key components in place, Monte Kiffin and the Dallas defense have no excuses. Although it’s unlikely, a really good effort could hold Chicago to less than 300 yards.