For the second consecutive week, the Dallas Cowboys’ defense failed to produce a takeaway.
That is something preached on a daily basis by Jason Garrett and the rest of the coaching staff. But the defense simply couldn’t come up with one on Sunday in Pittsburgh, although there are few complaints following a thrilling 35-30 victory.
“I thought I made some plays, was around the football, but still looking for a turnover,” linebacker Sean Lee said.
The Cowboys forced a fumble on the first play of the second quarter. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence got into the backfield quickly, blowing up a run play for Le’Veon Bell and knocking the ball loose. The ball bounced right to safety Byron Jones, who attempted to scoop-and-score with it, but saw it fall through his fingers and roll out of bounds.
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“Man, extremely frustrating because there was nobody around me,” said Jones, who is still searching for his first career takeaway.
“I felt if I scooped the ball, I would have scored, and it would have been big for the entire team. Just let that one get through my fingers.
“Hopefully I’ll get another chance.”
The Cowboys had 10 takeaways in the first seven games, including four at Green Bay on Oct. 16. They are tied for 18th in the NFL in takeaways right now, but would like to be one of the better teams in that category.
The Cowboys have been forcing significantly more takeaways than last season when they ranked last in the league with 11.
But rest assured that the Cowboys don't want this takeaway drought to extend to three games. The Cowboys had a four-game takeaway drought at one point last season.