Prescott knows it's defense 1st for Cowboys despite return

 Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott's surgically repaired right thumb felt good enough in

 his return to the field to make some dangerous throws he knows he should have avoided.

As his comfort grows with each week removed from a five-game absence due to the fractured thumb,

 Prescott will be challenged to remember what kept the Cowboys in contention while he was out: defense.

“The last thing I’m trying to do is put this team in a bad position because I’m overconfident,”

 Prescott said after another defense-driven win, 24-6 over Detroit.

“When you have a defense like this, you have to continue to go through the reads and

 take a check down here or there, and it will pay off.”

Prescott, who was fortunate not to get intercepted at least twice, benefitted from the

 running game and some short fields to turn a 6-3 halftime deficit into a comfortable victory. Dallas forced five turnovers.

Even without takeaways, the formula will probably remain the same Sunday for the Cowboys

 (5-2) in another home game against a struggling NFC North team in the Chicago Bears, who will be on a short week.

“I feel like we’re playing with a lot of confidence and poise,” cornerback Trevon

 Diggs said after recording his third interception this season, and 17th through 35 games in his career.

“We know how to keep teams out of the end zone. Just keep that mindset,

and the game: Keep it close and our offense is eventually going to start clicking and get it working like they did.”

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