Following the Cowboys’ 27-20 road loss to the Giants on Sunday, their fourth consecutive loss and the fourth consecutive game in which they’ve been unable to record a takeaway on defense, cornerback Morris Claiborne was at a loss where the turnover drought is concerned.
"They’re just not coming. We’re not going to get them,” Claiborne said, per Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas. "I don’t really know. I’m at a loss for words myself with it. We just have to keep hammering at it. Hopefully when they come they won’t stop.”
The defense did have a close call on Sunday--and there have actually been many of those during the drought. A pass that was later shown to have hit the ground was originally ruled to have kicked off rookie Byron Jones’s foot and into the air before the rookie made a diving pick--the first of his career. Then replay happened, Jones’s personal milestone was wiped from the books and the streak was brought back to life.
“We haven’t made the plays when they were there,” said linebacker Sean Lee. “If you look all year, we’ve had opportunities with the football in our hands and we've dropped them. There were opportunities to strip and we haven’t made the plays.
“For us, we have to finish plays and we have to finish games. We can't have big plays and lapses. If you look at us last year, it’s something we did really well and this year we're not doing it as consistently.”