The Dallas Cowboys’ offense managed a single touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and that came after a Sean Lee interception set them up with a short field. It was a fitting microcosm of a game that was won, not by the Cowboys’ weapon-rich offense, but by Rob Ryan’s defense.
After the 16-10 victory, in which ten of the Cowboys’ points came off of turnovers, it was clear that owner and general manager Jerry Jones thought as much, himself.
"They just bailed us out, just one of the best days," Jones said of the defense, per ESPN Dallas. "It's a shame (Tampa Bay scored on) that last drive, but that's to their credit. They were still competing. Our defense was just outstanding all day and arguably won the game for us."
If anyone deserved a player of the game award on Sunday, it was probably DeMarcus Ware. Ware, after going quiet in the loss to the Seahawks, had two strip-sacks of the Bucs’ Josh Freeman, including one in the fourth quarter that would have spelled the end of the game, had Dallas recovered.
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