Dallas Cowboys: 3 surprises of the three-game winning streak

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#1. The Defensive Turnovers

Prior to the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak, the Dallas defense was historically bad. And their inability to cause turnovers, which has been a major concern for years, had only gotten worse. This defense recorded just 11 turnovers over their first 12 games, which included a four-turnover explosion against the Eagles in Week Eight.

Over their last three games, the Cowboys defense has been on fire. Not only have they limited offenses to only 19 points per game in that span, but they’ve racked up an incredible 10 takeaways to boot. That’s just one less turnover than they had forced over their previous 12 games combined.

The Cowboys defense registered three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. Then, against the San Francisco 49ers the following week, Dallas forced two more fumbles and recovered both plus they picked off quarterback Nick Mullens twice.

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And finally, on Sunday against their division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys forced four fumbles with just one recovery for a takeaway. The Dallas defense also intercepted rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts twice. This defensive turnaround has been the biggest surprise of the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak by far.