This Dallas Cowboys defense is not good y’all.
24 – Points the Cowboys scored off turnovers.
The 49ers turned the ball over 4 times (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles) and the Cowboys turned those into 3 touchdowns and a field goal. After scoring only 28 points all season off turnovers in the first 12 games, the Cowboys have now scored 41 points in the past 2 games off turnovers.
458 – Yards gained by the 49ers.
The 49ers entered the game averaging 359 yards per game (18th in the NFL) and gained 458 (the Kansas City Chiefs lead the league in offense at 428 yards per game). Remember the 49ers were playing with their 2nd string quarterback for most of the game, and even the 3rd string quarterback was able to amass a 153.3 quarterback rating (158.3 is a perfect rating).
150 – Yards rushing allowed to the 49ers offense.
The 49ers offense entered the game averaging 109 yards per game, but the worst ranked rush defense in the NFL (still) allowed them to be much better than that.
Raheem Mostert entered the game averaging 64.7 yards per game. With 8 minutes left in the first half he already had 66. He finished the game with only 68 because he got hurt, but averaged 4.9 yards per carry. His backups came in and were able to gain 71 yards in relief.
4 – Turnovers forced by the Dallas Cowboys defense. 2 fumbles and 2 interceptions.
Through the first 10 games of the season the Cowboys defense had forced only 9 turnovers. Over the past 4 games (Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and San Francisco) they have matched that total.
Over the past 2 games they have forced 7 of those turnovers which really explains why they have their first 2 game winning streak in 21 games.
The Cowboys are still near the bottom of the league in turnover differential at -6.
153.3 – The quarterback rating for 3rd string quarterback CJ Beathard.
In only 7 attempts Beathard was able to throw for 100 yards and a touchdown. Of course, the one touchdown was on the meaningless Hail Mary on the last play of the game, but this is still indicative of a defense that is unable to stop anybody from moving the football unless the opposing offense drops the ball on the ground.
5 – Percent chance to make the playoffs by winning the NFC East according to Five Thirty Eight.
With wins against Philadelphia and New York, and losses by Washington to Carolina and Philadelphia, Dallas would win the NFL’s worst division at 7-9. Any Dallas loss or Washington win and the Cowboys will be eliminated.
With an outside shot at winning the division, do not expect Dallas to tank these remaining 2 games. It has become clear that the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy care less about draft position than the New York Jets.