Offensively Bad

When a team only has 1 yard rushing, I don’t care how meaningless a game is, there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Dallas Morning News’ Albert Breer, the only guy who really works over there in the sports department, had an interesting post today analyzing the Dallas Cowboys offense from halftime of the Packers game to the Deadskins match up with the other 11 games. It’s mind boggling what the stats show. No one can really answer why productivity dropped so much. Call it a December slump, falling over a cliff, overrated, whatever you freaking what. But the numbers show that something bad happened (Jessica Simpson) over those past 4.5 games.

YARDS PER GAME
Pre-Packer halftime: 392.4
Post-Packer halftime: 297.3

This is obviously a huge drop in productivity. Tony Romo’s accuracy has been way off and it’s not like he has been under massive pressure. He’s just not throwing the ball well. I said it before and I will say it again: This season is on his back. He can’t be a super star to start the season and then become a sulking little boy on the sidelines because he lost his game. Consistency, Tony. Consistency.

Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett, who is being looked at by every team seeking a new coach, really needs to address this slumping offense. I am not sure what play calling changes he may have made, but please make more adjustments.

YARDS PER PLAY
Pre-Packer halftime: 6.4
Post-Packer halftime: 4.9

FIRST DOWNS PER GAME
Pre-Packer halftime: 21.0
Post-Packer halftime: 17.8

THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Pre-Packer halftime: 68 of 142 (47.9 percent)
Post-Packer halftime: 16 of 57 (28.1 percent)

Here is another glaring statistic. How good did it feel in the first half of the season when it seemed like Dallas made every single third-down attempt. That near 50 percent mark was a sign of a great team. After the dominating win over the Packers, suddenly the team couldn’t convert third downs. A 20 percent drop in this category is unacceptable. Again, this is on Romo. Some blame can also be placed on the running game because there were a few short yard third downs that could not be converted.

TURNOVERS PER GAME
Pre-Packer halftime: 1.48
Post-Packer halftime: 1.56

POINTS PER GAME
Pre-Packer halftime: 33.48
Post-Packer halftime: 15.56

WOAH!!! What the hell is this? More than a 50 percent drop? Just seeing these statistics makes me uninterested in writing about this right now. This is terrible.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Jessica Simpson Tony Romo

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