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By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Early in training camp, new Arizona coach Bruce Arians said he cares about only two defensive statistics: turnovers and points allowed.
Through two preseason games, the Cardinals appear to have gotten the message.
Arizona's opponents have committed eight turnovers and scored a total of seven points. Dallas had six turnovers in Saturday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals.
It's the product of a mentality preached by the new staff since its arrival, and honed in drills every practice.
Arians says the team is blessed to have defensive backs and linebackers who have the ability to catch the football as well as to strip it from the hands of an opposing player. Of course, Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has that kind of talent. But he's not alone.