Sudden-change a positive for Cowboys' D

August, 18, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If there was one positive outcome from the Dallas Cowboys’ offense turning the ball over six times on Saturday it was that the defense held its own.

Three of the six turnovers came in Dallas’ territory -- Dwayne Harris’ fumbled punt on the first series of the game and Kyle Orton’s two interceptions. The Cowboys allowed only six points on those three takeaways. Arizona turned a Dez Bryant fumble into a field goal as well.

After what looked like a strong three-and-out to open the game, Harris’ miscue gave the Cardinals the ball at the Dallas 22. Arizona would get to the Dallas 7, but Carson Palmer’s third-down throw to Alfonso Smith was off.

What’s the message in the huddle?

“Let’s get the ball back,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “Let’s find a way to get the ball back, find a way to knock the ball out, get a turn over, not allow any points to be put on the board. Three points is good. That’s a win in some sense, but we’ve got to pride ourselves in getting the ball out and I think we could’ve done a better job of that, especially the first unit.”

The second- and third-team defenses also came up with some positive sudden-change work.

“To me, it’s just like getting a turnover, holding them to field goals,” safety Will Allen said. “That’s taking points away from the offense and that’s almost like a huge swing in games. It changes the momentum for us and gives the offense a chance to come down and make the game closer.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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