Turnovers making a big difference for Cowboys

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Jason Witten is a lot more careful about protecting the football these days, making sure both hands squeeze it just right to keep someone from prying it loose.

His renewed emphasis isn't only in games. He does it in practice, too, because his Dallas Cowboys teammates are coming after the ball more than ever.

Of all the changes interim coach Jason Garrett has brought, an emphasis on turnovers - getting them on defense, avoiding them on offense - stands out the most.

In eight games under Wade Phillips, the Cowboys lost the ball nine times more than they took it away. They went 1-7. In four games under Garrett, the Cowboys have taken the ball away six times more than they lost it, and they are 3-1.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)