The Cowboys defense is one of the best in the league. Last year, they ranked second in points allowed, and I don't expect that to change anytime soon.
The team has a stout defensive line—something all 3-4 defenses covet. Jay Ratliff, one of the elite nose tackles in the business, clogs up the middle and has Marcus Spears and Igor Olshansky alongside him at defensive end.
As we all know, generating an effective pass rush is an integral key to success. DeMarcus Ware is arguably the best pass rusher in the business as he has registered 45 sacks in the last three seasons.
Moreover, opposite him, Anthony Spencer has developed into a productive player. Together, the two will truly be a force to reckon with.
Keith Brooking and Bradie James are the clogs at inside linebacker. They both had solid seasons last year, and Brooking really became the team's emotional leader.
The secondary is this team's Achilles' heel. While Mike Jenkins and Terrence Newman form a solid duo at corner, they lack depth at the position.
Meanwhile, they have no proven free safety. Gerald Sensabaugh, a good run defender, will start at strong safety.