Sean Lee's nose for ball continues

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Once again, Sean Lee is in the team lead for interceptions.

That might not last another 13 games, but Lee tied Terence Newman last year for the lead with four.

Lee’s first-quarter interception came after a Josh Freeman pass knocked off the pads of running back D.J. Ware. The Cowboys converted the turnover into their only touchdown of the game when DeMarco Murray sprinted in from 11 yards with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

Lee's seven interceptions since 2010 are the most by a linebacker in the NFL. He forced the Cowboys' only other turnover of the season when he caused a fumble against the New York Giants.

“He’s just an outstanding football player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re lucky to have him as a leader of our defense, in the middle of our defense. He’s passionate about the game. He cares a great deal. He’s very instinctive and has a nose for the football. You see it in the number of tackles he makes, but you also see his ability to play the ball. He’s done that throughout his career with some of the signature plays. His ability to track the ball and make the play in traffic is a credit to his athletic ability. He shows up throughout the ballgame.”

The turnover gave the offense a short field in which to work, which has not been commonplace in recent years.

When the offense has started drives in the opponents’ territory it has mostly delivered. Over the last 19 games, the Cowboys have had 27 possessions start in plus-territory and have scored 12 touchdowns, kicked eight field goals and killed the game three times, including Sunday.