ARLINGTON, Texas – In Sunday's opener, the Cowboys got an early start on exceeding last year's league-low 11 takeaways with cornerback Brandon Carr's interception in the third quarter – his first pick since Nov. 28, 2013.
The takeaway led to an 8-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott seven plays later that gave the Cowboys a 16-3 lead in an eventual 20-19 loss to the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.
"We've been harping on it throughout this whole offseason. It's something that's really has been on our mind is getting the ball back," Carr said. "Takeaways is the most important stat for wins and losses. I was lucky to be in a good situation and the ball got in my hands."
With no turnovers on offense or special teams, the Cowboys have a plus-one turnover ratio after one game. They won the turnover ratio in only two of 16 games last season.