Cowboys Hope To Force Peyton Manning Into Mistakes

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after throwing an interception during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers won 36-14. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys defense only has nine interceptions on the season, but there is a positive to that statistic. Since Paul Pasqualoni took over the defense and implemented more zone coverage schemes, the Cowboys have had four interceptions. That’s just under half of the team’s season total in three games.

On the other side of the ball Sunday, Peyton Manning will enter the game having thrown seven interceptions in the last two weeks.

This could play in the favor of the Dallas defense if Manning and his struggles continue, but the team is not counting on such fortune.

“We have to go out there and do our job and create those things,” starting 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.”

The offense has been rolling as of late, so if the defense can continue to improve as it has done the past few weeks and slow down Peyton Manning, a victory could be on the horizon.

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