A couple of things immediately jump out to me. The first is that Tony Romo has led the Cowboys to two of their five highest point outputs and the top three seasons in regards to yards. The other is that the 1983 team is the only version to make both lists.
Here were the statistical leaders for that 1983 squad:
If the 2014 Cowboys match that output, we might win four games. While Dorsett’s numbers are pretty good, the other stats are pretty bad.. and that team scored the most points in team history! Comparing Romo to White, the 62.7% completion percentage would be the second worst of Romo’s career. The touchdowns would only be the fourth best he’s ever had in a season and the interceptions would be four more than he’s ever had. I also think it’s fair to say that while DeMarco Murray would gladly take 1,300 yards, you would have to find it at least mildly disappointing if he only had eight touchdowns or 287 receiving yards. Lastly, Dez Bryant… come on man… he might have Tony Hill‘s numbers by Week 8. The key to the scoring output of the 1983 squad was the eight touchdowns they got via defense or special teams. Also of note, the Cowboys finished tied for second in sacks that season with 57 and tied for fourth with 27 interceptions. Kinda proves the point I made last week. This is where the extra output from Romo, Murray, Bryant and Jason Witten will be desperately needed.