Defense Happy With Win, But Acknowledges Need For More Takeaways

ARLINGTON, Texas – It's not a stat the Cowboys will love, but it hasn't exactly come back to bite them.

Sunday's 27-17 win against Baltimore marked the Cowboys' third-straight win without a takeaway. They haven't managed one since the second half of the win against Philadelphia, back on Oct 30.

Asked about it after the game, Sean Lee pointed out the obvious. Despite a nine-game winning streak, there's still room for improvement – from breakdowns in the run game to a lack of takeaways.

"There's areas we can improve," he said. "Even from today, we can't allow them to have three big runs – I don't think we've done that in a long time."

The Cowboys were off to a much better start to this season, as they forced nine takeaways in their first six games, highlighted by four in the win at Green Bay. In the month since, however, they've dropped toward last season, when they finished last in the NFL with just 11 on the year.

In Jason Garrett's world, where nothing is ever perfect, that'll be a big starting point for improvement. As Lee himself pointed out, the Cowboys could make life even easier on themselves with a few extra possessions.

"The good part is we came back, we rallied, we played better. But we have to get turnovers," he said. "If we get turnovers and get the ball back to our offense, these games can be a little bit easier because of how well they're playing." 

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