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The Best Way for Dallas to Force Turnovers

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At DallasCowboys.com, I took another look at the effect of pressure on takeaways.

Visualizing Pressure and Takeaways

Another way to examine the relationship between pressure and takeaways is to compare the league’s best and worst pass-rushing teams. Below, I charted the number of forced fumbles and interceptions for the top 10 and bottom 10 teams in terms of total pressure.

The results are pretty obvious; if you get to the quarterback, good things will happen. The top 10 pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year totaled an average of 36.1 forced fumbles and interceptions. Meanwhile, the bottom 10 teams checked in at just 25.3. For the record, Dallas ranked 23rd in pressures, so they were one of the teams listed in the bottom 10.

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