DALLAS — With the Cowboys defending their NFC East title, defensive end Tyrone Crawford took time to discuss his team’s performance and his attitude in the face of adversity.
“It’s good,” Crawford said.
“We had a couple of big plays and it wasn’t just one guy, but everybody did their job and it was good.
I feel good about our defense, and I’m going to keep doing that.
The guys do a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, getting the yards.
That’s something that’s missing in Dallas this year.
I think they’re a lot more aggressive, and they have a lot of guys that are capable of doing it.
I feel like the players that we’ve had, especially on defense, they’re not afraid to play with each other.
I don’t know if it’s me, but I feel like we’re better than we’ve been.”
It was Crawford’s first career start, and the third for the Cowboys, who have allowed the most points per game this season, but have surrendered a league-low 32.8 yards per game.
Dallas has allowed just one touchdown on the year and has a pair of turnovers.
That includes a fourth-quarter interception by linebacker Travis Frederick that was returned for a touchdown, but Crawford’s interception was picked off by Miami’s DeVante Parker.
It’s been a long week for Crawford, who has been out since late October with an ankle injury.
After missing the first three games, Crawford returned to action on Sunday and recorded two tackles and an interception.
He was in the lineup for the first time this season and was in uniform for Dallas’ season-opening victory over the Dolphins.
This season, Crawford has recorded 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
He was named a second-team All-Pro by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Cowboys’ linebacker Josh Jones has recorded at least 10 tackles in every game, which ranks second on the team behind Crawford.
He’s started four games for the second straight season and is averaging 14.0 tackles per game, including a team-high 8.5 last week against the Jets.