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Defense's Takeaway Total Off To A Good Start, But Could Have More

FRISCO, Texas – Takeaways are always a major point of emphasis for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, and after tallying a league-low 11 in 2015, the defense is off to a good start in 2016 with one in each of the first two games.

Overall, the Cowboys have a plus-one turnover margin that's tied for eighth-best in the NFL.

Marinelli isn't satisfied, however.

"We should have more," he said Thursday. "We've had some missed opps. And we've got to get more. Now, the ones we've gotten, it's really been big. Both of them led to touchdowns for our offense."

Safety Barry Church intercepted Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the end zone last Sunday, and quarterback Dak Prescott drove the offense for the winning touchdown. In a Week 1 loss against the Giants, cornerback Brandon Carr intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott scored his first career touchdown seven plays later.

But Marinelli is focused on those missed opportunities for more offensive possessions.

"We had two last week," he said. "So, we've got to cash in. And they know that."

--Rob Phillips

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