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Cowboys' pass D rides 3-stage boost

Key factors are Rob Ryan's impact, cornerback confidence and pressure up front

Updated: October 28, 2011, 1:04 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Truth be told, there is not much difference between the Dallas Cowboys' pass defense through the first six games of 2011 and the first six of 2010.

The Cowboys gave up 200 yards a game through the air in the first six games last year. They are allowing 231 this year. They picked off five passes in 2010; seven in 2011. They had 13 sacks last year; 17 this year. They gave up 18 pass plays of 20 yards or more last year; 17 this year. Quarterbacks had 11 touchdown passes to ...

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