3. +8 Turnover Margin
The Cowboys are one of those teams that can force their opponents into mistakes that generate turnovers on a consistent basis. Dallas ranks tied for fifth in the league in turnover differential (+8), creating 23 takeaways in total.
Being able to win the turnover margin can literally be the difference between a win or loss in any contest. The defense is littered with game-changers on all three levels. Cornerback DaRon Bland was thrust into the starting lineup after Trevon Diggs went down with a season-ending knee injury, and he's proved he was more than ready to step up.
The Fresno State product has registered 66 total tackles with a league-leading eight interceptions. Furthermore, Bland notched an NFL-record five defensive touchdowns in 2023. Linebacker Micah Parsons is wrecking havoc up front for Dallas. Parsons is a relentless pass-rusher who owns the speed and power to get past any offensive lineman.
The Penn State product is currently tied for eighth in the NFL in sacks (13) with 17 tackles for loss. Parsons joined Reggie White as the only two players in league history to supply 13-plus sacks in each of their first three seasons. The 24-year-old has finished with at least one sack in nine games thus far.
Stephon Gilmore is another savvy veteran defender in the secondary. Gilmore's instincts are through the roof and has experience suiting up for playoff football. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has 18 solo tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in seven career postseason games.
This group has the talent to create takeaways in January football, which can literally change games and make things even easier for Dallas.
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