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Protect the Ball in Seattle. Or Else.



    Protect the Ball in Seattle. Or Else.
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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles against the New Orleans Saints in the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    If they play like they did against the Texans last week, the Cowboys will lose by three touchdowns this week. Against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seahawks, lethargic and sloppy won’t get it done.

    Especially sloppy.

    NFL teams that win the turnover battle this season are 50-16. In a league saturated with evenly-matched average teams, turnovers are the main differentiator. The Cowboys were a minus-2 last Sunday against Houston and somehow survived to tell about. To have a chance in Seattle, they need to play turnover-free football.

    Starting with running back DeMarco Murray, who has lost a fumble in four first quarters this season.

    “The ball is important every week,” Garrett told the media this week at Valley Ranch. “We put the ball on the ground a little bit and we have to find ways to rectify that issue. Let's continue to make an important emphasis in practice and make sure it shows up in the game. There's nothing we emphasize more than securing the ball and going to get the ball. We drill it every day in practice. The turnover ratio is the most important stat in football.”

    The Seahawks aren’t 19-1 in their last 20 home games by accident. In those games their defense has produced a whopping 53 turnovers.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.