The Cowboys may be 5-5, but they are currently 3-0 in the division and 5-2 in the conference. If you win the games against the your divisional opponents, things usually take care of themselves as far as getting into the post-season. Our record against divisional opponents and in the conference are important, if the division title is determined by tie-breakers. It’s a positive that we have a bye week before playing the New York Giants and an extended week before playing the Chicago Bears. Since 2008, the Cowboys are 2-3 after a bye week. Winning after a bye week strongly reflects on the coaching staff. There are six games remaining and only two of those teams have winning records – Chicago (6-4) and Philadelphia (6-5).
I like to see the Cowboys hand the keys to Tony Romo and allow him to call his own plays. They need to use a combination of bunch formations, motion and placing Dez Bryant in the slot to get him open. Continuously blaming double coverage is not an excuse for a lack of offensive creativity. Effectively running the ball means getting three or more yards per carry when the defense expects you to run the ball. The offense needs more time consuming scoring drives that consist of seven or more plays. Going three and out and failing to convert on third downs is killing the defense.
Speaking of defense, it is still possible to play the zone coverage that Monte Kiffin likes while bumping receivers at the line of scrimmage. Allow the corners and linebackers to be more physical and disrupt the timing and routes of opposing receivers.