2. Winning the Turnover Battle
From 2010-2013, teams that forced four or more turnovers in a game won 87 percent of the time. On Sunday, the Cowboys forced four turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble), meaning that their chances of winning were high.
For the fourth time this season, the Cowboys forced another four-turnover game. This was also their third straight game with four turnovers. During this span, they have eight interceptions and four fumbles. These turnovers have helped the Cowboys’ offense in a big way, especially in this game. As mentioned earlier, an early interception set up a rushing touchdown by Elliott just 13 yards out.
Setting up moments like this helped Dallas come out on top. Additionally, winning the turnover battle goes a long way in the result of a game. When forcing two or more turnovers in a matchup, the Cowboys are 9-2 this season. The Week 15 matchup was a clear case of that. Ten of Dallas’ first 15 points came from a turnover.
Although Dallas couldn’t capitalize on all of their defenses’ turnovers, the defense continued to set the stage by winning the turnover battle.