TIME TO SPREAD THE LOVE
Through four games, ball distribution to weapons besides Dez and Zeke has reduced by 6.1% compared to last season.
The pace of 1,052 snaps amounts to 64 fewer chances for other capable offensive weapons to exploit defenses. Exactly 4 less opportunities per game.
Inconsistent play from the offensive line has translated to lower average production for Elliott. Clearly the answer is not to up his workload from last year.
Bryant is now being single covered and rarely gets separation. There’s no reason he deserves 40 targets while Beasley, Williams, and Witten have 80 combined.
Dez has received 1/3 of the targets aimed at the top four receivers, and only owns 1/4 of their receptions.
Last season we saw firsthand the results of not having to overly focus on Bryant. In his three absences Dallas won by 7, 14, and 14 points.
The Cowboys won by 14+ points five times all last year. Two of them came in the 3-game stretch when the offense was forced to spread it around without Bryant.
Dallas will only find offensive consistency by a return to last season’s open-man philosophy. Keep force feeding the stars and it’s lights out on the playoffs.