There will be some personnel and assignment changes on defense with the switch from Rob Ryan to Monte Kiffin as coordinator.
The Cowboys can take solace that the interior of their defense, led by ILBs Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, will remain strong when they return healthy.
Down a few starters and key performers, the Cowboys are suddenly paper thin on defense in several spots.
ILB Bruce Carter has come a long way in the past year and a half, and the Cowboys need him most right now.
Cowboys ILB Sean Lee will undergo season-ending surgery on his right big toe.
There's a good battle at the Cowboys' ILB spot between Dan Connor and Bruce Carter, but Carter has what it takes to win the job.
It's not clear which was more revealing: the Cowboys' defense against the Eagles or the one that played well the first six games of the season.
The Cowboys waived RB Tashard Choice on Saturday to make room on the 53-man roster for rookie OLB Bruce Carter, who has been on the non-football injury list.