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October 29, 2012

Cowboys are a turnover waiting to happen as they have 19 this season

Dallas has 19 turnovers and is minus-11 in turnover ratio. In 117 games this season, NFL teams with a positive turnover ratio are 38-9. They are 12-32 with a minus ratio.

“I think it’s probably been the biggest single factor [in the four losses],” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday.

The Cowboys rank 31st in giveaways and 31st in net differential. Only Kansas City, which is 1-6, has more turnovers (25) and a worse turnover ratio (minus-18).

Quarterback Tony Romo has been the biggest offender. He has 15 of the team’s 19 giveaways, with a league-leading 13 interceptions. Miles Austin has lost a fumble; Dez Bryant has lost a fumble; and Felix Jones has two lost fumbles.

Only twice in Romo's career has he thrown more than 13 interceptions, and he threw only 10 last season.

The quarterback did a great job with that last year,” Garrett said of Romo. “At times this year, he’s done a really good job with it. But every time you go out there, it’s a challenge. Every time you have the ball in your hands in the NFL, it’s a challenge. We’ve just got to make sure we do it right.”

The Cowboys have had only one game with a positive turnover ratio. Austin lost a fumble in Carolina, but Dallas ended up plus-one. The Cowboys were even in turnovers in the season-opening victory over the Giants.

In their three victories, the Cowboys have five turnovers and are even in net differential. In their four losses, they have 14 giveaways and are minus-11.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean


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turnovers and penalties are a reflection of poor coaching. A head coach is in charge of discipline and turnovers and penalties are due to a lack of discipline.

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