Are The Dallas Cowboys Getting Better?

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates after the game winning touchdown with head coach Jason Garrett against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at AT

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates after the game winning touchdown with head coach Jason Garrett against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at AT

Offensively the numbers are equally astounding.  Through the first 9 weeks of the NFL season in 2012 Dallas’ offense had 19 turnovers.  This season they have only 6 turnovers.  For those who are so hard on quarterback Tony Romo, it makes you wonder what the difference is.  Is it the play calling change? Is Callahan really doing positive things or is it the fact that the offensive line has been better this year giving Romo more time to make better judgment calls?  Personally I cannot answer that however, I’d be inclined to say it’s a better offensive line than last season and with the wide receiver weapons Dallas has I would also point out that Romo has more than one threat on the field at a time.  Another statistic that jumped out was touchdowns.  Last season, Dallas had only 10 touchdowns and this season they have 20.   It’s just plain simple common sense, you score more points, you have a greater chance of winning ball games.   Finally, field goals, last year, Dallas relied on the foot of kicker Dan Bailey for 15 field goals through the first 9 weeks.  This season, they have relied on him for 16 field goals.  Again the Dallas offense is at least moving the ball and scoring more points this year, so far, than last year.

 

Based upon the facts and stats presented you can formulate your own opinions but Dallas is doing a better job this year so far.

 

 

*all statitiscs courtesy of pro-football reference and ESPN

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  • Juanito Juanito

    yes, but romo still fail in big games

  • SmartThinking

    This Dallas team is one of the most neurotic group of individuals to ever wear the Star. Nobody, not even the players, know who’ll show up on any given Sunday: the team that came within a point of beating Denver with 500+ offensive yards or, the team that lost by a point to, take your pick — Kansas City, Detroit or Denver, and had to fight it out with 1-7 Minneapolis, all where mistakes made the difference. Dallas has fielded fundamentally better teams than their wins show all season long. It’s those pesky mistakes that get you every time … That and a colossal inferiority complex in the ‘We’re good enough to compete with anybody,” department. Even with the injuries, even with the bad breaks, mostly self-inflicted, this team, when it sets it’s mind to it, can compete with just about anybody. Across the board, our elite players can play with anybody. So, to the question of is Dallas is getting better as the season progresses. It’s my contention that Dallas has always been better than most of its competition so far and could, conceivably, have been 9-0 or 8-1 coming into this next game if they’d have believed in themselves. What will give this team an enormous dose of self-confidence is if they (a.) sweep their division, (b.) win two of those division games decisively, like plus two touchdowns, and, (c.) beat either New Orleans tomorrow night, Green Bay, and/or Chicago –three teams everyone expects Dallas to lose to. So much of professional football is mental. If this team could get psyched to believe in themselves, they’d finish this season with the other division winners fearing them instead of looking forward to playing them for a one week vacation.

  • Jd

    I’m not going to say better yet, I will say healthier. And we definitely will be healthier after our bye week. As completely out of sync we looked against Minnesota, Philadelphia and Washington is definitely disturbing to me. Especially when you consider the fact that we are more talented then all 3 and should be a nightmare for opposing defenses to prepare for. Bottom line is, if we’re talking about getting better on the defensive side of the ball, we have to talk healthy first. And if we’re talking about getting better on the offensive side of the ball, it’s simple: RUN THE FOOTBALL.
    There is no way any defense can cover dez, Williams, Beasley, Witten & Austin, when healthy, in single coverage. Problem is, we run the ball 9, 10 times a game and we’re always facing 5 corners & safeties. And 4 can’t beat 5 too many times. The only way we get better is if Callahan gets Murray, Randle and Tanner the ball and wear down these defenses. That will open up single coverage & no one can stop us there.