Turnovers mask Cowboys' subpar effort

Key plays on defense rescue an otherwise shaky outing by starters in win at San Diego

Updated: August 22, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SAN DIEGO -- A glaring lack of turnovers kept the Dallas Cowboys' defense from being an absolutely dominant unit last season.

Only three teams in the league forced fewer turnovers than the Cowboys' 21. Those teams -- the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins -- combined for a grand total of 10 wins.

It's tough to win in the NFL if your defense doesn't take the ball away from the opponent, so it could be considered an encouraging sign that the Dallas starters ...

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