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Monday, November 19, 2012
Trust in Cowboys' defense shaky

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's hard to be happy with the Dallas Cowboys' defense after a game like this.

It's hard to smile when you see nose tackle Jay Ratliff flagged for a silly taunting penalty on rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden in the fourth quarter.

It's hard to smile when you see that defense without sacks or quarterback pressures in the first half.

It's hard to smile when you see that defense give up a go-ahead touchdown with ease in the fourth quarter, to a team with just two wins in three months.

Yet the Cowboys can smile. They survived for a 23-20 overtime victory Sunday afternoon over the Cleveland Browns.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he took this game against the Browns personally because of how the team treated him and his buddy, former coach Eric Mangini.

Ryan wanted to beat the Browns badly, and he did win. But it left you with little confidence going forward that this defense can make enough plays to win important games.

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