Cowboys: Week 8 – Five Things

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Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel before the NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The time is now for the Cowboys to start winning the turnover battle.

Head coach Jason Garrett and staff worked with Matt Cassel this week on ball protection and decision making. Throwing multiple interceptions is not a way to win games. This is football 101. The Seahawks have a very opportunistic defense that thrives in creating turnovers. Cassel must be aware of that or things could get worse.

On the defensive side of the ball there is hope. It looks as though the Cowboys can get to the quarterback, stop teams on third down, and shut down key receivers well. The issue is they haven’t gotten a lot of turnovers. No fumbles, interceptions, or even the random safety here and there. It is time this changes.

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Both of these situations has made the Dallas Cowboys last in the league on the famed +/- statistic. The statistic that shows how many turnovers you have given away, versus how many you have caused. Ask any coach on any level about this statistic and they will tell you, you have to win the turnover battle to win games. This is something the Cowboys have not done, but need to.

This season the Seattle Seahawks have only lost one fumble all season. However, starting quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown five interceptions. The weakness on the Seahawks offense is the line, it is beatable. If the Cowboys can put some pressure on Wilson he has shown this season he will throw some ill advised passes. This could be where the Cowboys can capitalize. It will be hard to last weeks passing yards as the Seahawks secondary is known to be among the leagues best, but if Cassel can protect the ball better, there is a chance.

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