Dallas Cowboys

Takeaways lacking for the Cowboys, who ranked second in that category last season

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) has one of three takeaways for the team this season, intercepting Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford on a pass intended for Zach Ertz in Week 2.
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) has one of three takeaways for the team this season, intercepting Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford on a pass intended for Zach Ertz in Week 2. AP

The Cowboys weren’t a good defense statistically last season. They ranked 19th in yards allowed and made only 28 sacks. But the one thing they did well was create turnovers.

Dallas ranked second in the NFL in takeaways last season with 31. Only the Houston Texans had more.

But the Cowboys have struggled to take the ball away this season.

They have gone three consecutive games without a takeaway -- all three losses -- and have only three this season. Only Houston, with two, has fewer.

“It’s tough, especially in the situation we’re in,” defensive end Jermey Mincey said Tuesday. “We’ve definitely got to get the ball back to the offense, but it’s tough. But I think the turnovers come in bunches, and it’s a matter of time before we just have this splash of great things happening.”

The Steelers won with backup quarterback Michael Vick on Monday night, helped by a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Denver leads the league with 14 takeaways.

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