ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jeff Heath probably won't be receiving a Christmas card from Jameis Winston.
The fourth year safety has four career interceptions and three of them have come at the expense of Winston. One of those came in the third quarter of Sunday night's 26-20 victory over Tampa Bay. Winston was receiving pressure from David Irving forcing him into a hurried pass that Heath was ready to take advantage of. The turnover led to a field goal giving the Cowboys the lead back in the fourth quarter. He intercepted Winston twice in a 10-7 loss to the Buccaneers last season.
After the game, Heath claimed there's nothing about Tampa's sophomore quarterback that inspires takeaways in him.
"It's just a weird coincidence," Heath said. "The coaches just put us in good positions. When you just play the defense and do your job plays like that happen."
Prior to their loss to the Giants in Week 12, the Cowboys' defense had been desperately struggling to generate turnovers. They produced three against New York and four against Tampa Bay including Heath's interception.
"We were due for a few," Heath said. "We just had to keep doing what we're doing, but at the same time our coaches really put an emphasis on that. We knew. It goes without saying that we needed to take the ball away more."