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The New Orleans Saints’ 10-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday but the defense definitely did its part.

In the 13-10 loss at the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints defense extended their personal streak of allowing 17 or less points to four games in a row.

The Saints (10-2) harassed the Cowboys (7-5) into two turnovers and seven sacks.

The streak began with a 51-14 victory in Week 10 vs. the Bengals, followed by a 48-7 win against the Eagles and a 31-17 defeat of the Falcons.

The impressive stretch has the Saints feeling they’re hitting their stride at the right time.

“I feel like we’re getting to that level where we have to be recognized as one of those top defenses, but we got to keep pushing,” Cornerback Marshon Lattimore said to “We got to earn that. We can’t just have it come to us, so we got to earn it and keep going out there balling.”

In the last four games, the stingy Saints defense are allowing 12.8 points and 288.5 yards, the best of any team in the NFL.

It’s a welcomed improvement from the 48 points and 529 yards given up in the Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers.

In the dominant four game showing, the Saints have forced 11 turnovers and racked up 20 sacks, with both totals more than they produced in the first eight games combined.

“Week by week, we’re just trying to get better,” linebacker Demario Davis said to

Even though the numbers validate the effort they put forth, the Saints aren’t content after the loss.

They want to build off the scoreless second half vs. the Cowboys and carry that energy over into Sunday’s rematch against the Buccaneers (5-7).

“We were rocking,” Lattimore said to “We gave up no points in the second half, and we were doing our thing.”