In a game in which points were at a premium, the Dallas defense stepped up, limiting the Vikings to just one touchdown in a 17-15 win in Minnesota on Thursday.


“As a defense, we pride ourself on just making tackles,” Cowboys safety Byron Jones said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They’re going to catch the ball, they may squirt one through the line of scrimmage, but what we pride ourself on is getting the ball to the ground. That’s what we did today.”

Jones finished with a team-high 10 tackles and helped thwart a two-point conversion that would have tied the game in the final seconds.

“It was pretty much man coverage,” Jones said. “Defensively, we understood exactly what the situation was and where Sam Bradford wanted to go with the ball. So I think as a defense, we played well, and obviously we got a good pressure on Sam.”

Dallas trailed 9-7 with just over 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter but forced a fumble on a punt return and took over in the red zone. Dez Bryant took it from there.

“It’s such a team game,” Jones said. “ “Defensively, we didn’t get any turnovers. Offensively, we weren’t getting as many touchdowns as we usually get. But Kyle Wilber goes down to make a huge play to take the ball away and then recover it and get the touchdown with Dez Bryant. That’s a good team win.”

Dallas (11-1) has now won 11 straight games, including two in a row by a combined seven points.

“This team’s tough,” Jones said. “We’re going to keep fighting all the way through the end. Anytime we go into he fought quarter with a lead – or even when it’s close – we’re very confident that we’re going to come out and win it.”

The Cowboys will now have some time off before a rematch with the Giants. New York beat Dallas, 20-19, in Week 1. The NFC East rivals will square off on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 11.


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