This is pretty easy.
There isn't much to debate.
The Cowboys' run defense is something to worry about during the last few weeks of the season. Of the Cowboys' five remaining opponents, starting with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday afternoon, four rank in the top five in the NFL in rushing yards.
Only the Chicago Bears, the Cowboys' Monday night opponent Dec. 9, rank worse at No. 21. But Bears starter Matt Forte is sixth in the league with 851 rushing yards. And while Forte recently suffered a knee injury, do you think if he's not available that the Cowboys will be able to stop his replacement?
Coach Jason Garrett said that the issues with the run defense vary. It could be that the rotation of defensive linemen is preventing guys from finding a groove because they're in and out.
The linebackers are missing Sean Lee in the middle and Justin Durant at the strong side. Ernie Sims has struggled replacing Lee, while Bruce Carter, maintaining the weakside spot, has been inconsistent.
Opponents have gained at least 200 rushing yards three times in 2013 against the Cowboys' defense, and there doesn't appear to be a letup.
How embarrassing was it to see an aging Brandon Jacobs get the longest run of the day for the Giants, 37 yards, against this Cowboys defense?
While you expect things to get better for the defense when Lee and Durant return, the opponents should also pick things up.
The Cowboys don't have much confidence that they can stop the run. Yes, they have some talented players and veteran coaches, such as line coach Rod Marinelli. But the production on the field, at least against the run, is lacking.
The run defense likely will continue to struggle Thanksgiving Day. And if it doesn't improve soon, it could end any hopes of the Cowboys' making the playoffs.