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y DeMarcus Lawrence's first career interception in a Dallas win over Washington that pulled the Cowboys even with the Redskins atop the NFC East.Call Jerry Jones crazy Patrick Robinson Jersey Salute to Service , but the Cowboys owner and general manager believes those two big plays are connected. And he's suggested as much several times in the month since he traded his next first-round pick in the draft to Oakland for a new No. 1 receiver."It's got this entire bunch involved," Jones said of Cooper's impact during a three-game winning streak that put the Cowboys back in contention. "It had to do something, especially defensively. My whole point is there's no question he's added a spark."The Cowboys (6-5) are showing confidence and swagger reminiscent of two years ago, when quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott were rookie sensations leading a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. They'll need it when New Orleans visits with a 10-win run Thursday.The Saints (10-1) will be trying to match exactly what Dallas did when Prescott was the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Elliott the league rushing champion: win 11 in a row after losing the opener. The Cowboys finished with an NFC-best 13 wins two years ago."They say if you want to be a good team, you have to really start rolling in November," said Cooper, who had a Dallas Thanksgiving record with 180 yards receiving with a 40-yard touchdown as well in a 31-23 win over the Redskins . "We've been standing tall with our backs against the wall. Hopefully we can keep this up."There's another connection to 2016 for the Cowboys. They intercepted Colt McCoy three times in the long-time Washington backup's return to Texas coming off Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury. Dallas' last three-pick game was in the 12th win of that year, 26-20 over Tampa Bay.Anthony Brown had the first interception by a Cowboys cornerback this year in the first quarter; a deflection and catch by defensive end Lawrence set up Prescott's scrambling 5-yard touchdown run for a 31-13 lead early in the fourth quarter; and safety Xavier Woods had his second of the season to all but seal the outcome.While the defense helped keep the Cowboys around .500 as the offense struggled through the first half of the season, takeaways were an issue with six through the first seven games. But Dallas has seven during a four-game run of forcing at least one turnover and was plus-3 against the Redskins after being minus-2 in a 20-17 loss in Washington Limited Jermon Bushrod Jersey , the last time the Cowboys didn't have a takeaway."It's not a designed play to get takeaways," said cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who dropped a potential interception in the end zone and had the deflection that led to Woods' pick . "It kind of just happens. Things happen like that when you're in position to make plays."And now the Cowboys are in position for the playoffs, with the daunting task of trying to keep their run going while slowing the roll of Drew Brees and the Saints."The way we are going and the way we are progressing, especially over the last three games," Prescott said, "we're taking care of the ball, the defense is getting us many possessions even when we are punting it. So we are all just playing together."NOTES: Jones said he expected LT Tyron Smith to play against the Saints after the five-time Pro Bowler was active but didn't play against the Redskins. Smith said he sustained a stinger in a win at Atlanta four days earlier. ... Elliott finished with 121 yards rushing and overtook Todd Gurley for the NFL lead with 1,074 yards. Gurley DeMario Davis Jersey , who is in his open week with the LA Rams, had 1,043 yards. Panthers cornerback James Bradberry has set his sights on becoming an All-Pro cornerback this season.He will certainly have the opportunity to prove he belongs in that category.The Panthers third-year cover man will face the some of the league's best wide receivers in the coming weeks, beginning with Atlanta's Julio Jones on Sunday.Bradberry, who regularly draws the opposition's best wide receiver, will also match up with Cincinnati's A.J. Green, New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in the next eight games. He'll face Jones, Tampa Bay's Mike Evans and New Orleans' Michael Thomas twice this season playing in the NFC South.Bradberry sees this season as a chance to show the rest of the league he's an elite cornerback and solidify his long-term future with the Panthers.He isn't shying away from the challenge."That is what I find fun in this game is going against the best," Bradberry said."This year is going to be a special year for him Limited Vonn Bell Jersey ," said Panthers veteran nickel back Captain Munnerlyn. "He definitely can make a name for himself."Bradberry has come a long way since being a part of the secondary that allowed Jones to compile 300 yards on 12 receptions in a 48-33 loss at Atlanta four games into his rookie season in 2016. Bradberry started the game covering Jones but left in the first quarter with a turf toe. He returned briefly in the second half and struggled to keep up.He said the game has stuck in his memory ever since, and still remembers the crowing chanting Jones' name in the fourth quarter.He said the embarrassment of the game still serves as motivation for him."I knew we couldn't let that happen again," Bradberry said. "It was a disappointment to our fans and coaching staff. I didn't want to see that reaction on their faces again."Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Bradberry is a different player than he was back then — smarter, more experienced, smarter, and better prepared.Unlike other cornerbacks the Panthers have had — Josh Norman and this year's rookie Donte Jackson, for example — Bradberry generally doesn't say much on the field.Rivera said there is a "quiet confidence" about him."The neat thing about James is he's very steady," Rivera said. "You don't see a lot of change in him. He works hard and he's learned how to work. He understands what it takes in terms of studying and preparation and he talks more."Bradberry had better be ready.Jones' play hasn't dropped off since that game.He remains focal point of Atlanta's passing game. Quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones 19 times in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and he caught 10 passes for 169 yards. So Bradberry is expected a busy Sunday afternoon.Jones had 11 catches for 198 yards in two games against Carolina last year."You have to take your level of competitiveness and ability to another level when you are facing guys like that," Bradberry said of Jones.Bradberry called Jones a great athlete and the toughest receiver he's faced in his first two NFL seasons Authentic Thomas Morstead Jersey , but qualified it by saying he hasn't played against Brown."It's going to be a great matchup," Bradberry said.Bradberry only allowed opposing receivers to catch 55.9 percent of the passes thrown his way last season, according to Pro Football Focus.And while he is Carolina's unquestioned No. 1 cornerback, he knows that in order to gain some national recognition he needs to find a way to get more interceptions.He has only four in his first two seasons."That's how you get the voter's attention, that's how you get your opponent's attention is by getting interceptions, causing interceptions and getting the ball back to the offense," Bradberry said. 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