Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Cowboys plan for good Peyton Manning
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas -- Peyton Manning has thrown seven interceptions in losses the last two weeks, the most picks he's thrown in a two-game span during his 13-year career.
That's not a trend the Cowboys are counting on continuing Sunday.
They hope it does, of course. But they don't believe Manning will make it easy on them to create turnovers.
"We have to go out there and do our job and create those things," linebacker Keith Brooking said. "But we’re not banking on that. We have to make that happen. Regardless of what he’s done the last two weeks, it means nothing. He’s the best quarterback in this league. We know he’s going to come up there Sunday and be on top of his game.
"We’re going to do everything in our power to eliminate the big plays and we’re preventing him from making plays with his arm, you know. What happened in the last two weeks, we’re going to get his best. We have to be ready to stop that."
It's not like the Cowboys earned a reputation for coming up with a lot of interceptions. They have nine this season. Only six teams have a lower total. Only four teams had fewer than the Cowboys' 11 interceptions last season.
However, the Cowboys have improved in that area since Paul Pasqualoni took over the defense. They have four interceptions in the last three games under Pasqualoni, who relies much more on zones than Wade Phillips did.