The Dallas Cowboys currently have one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL. But could this one player be the key to a quick turnaround?
After the first three weeks of the 2018 NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys have a record of 1-2. That’s due in large part to the fact they field one of the worst offenses in the league.
The Cowboys currently rank 30th in total offense averaging 277.7 yards per game. Dallas also has the 31st scoring offense, posting just 41 total points over the three contests.
The above stats are made even more shocking when you consider Cowboys starting running back Ezekiel Elliott is actually tied for the league lead in rushing with 274 yards, averaging an impressive 5.7 yards per carry. When it comes to running the ball, Dallas ranks 7th in the NFL, posting a total of 398 rushing yards in three contests.
But it’s the passing game that’s dragging down the Cowboys overall ranking. With quarterback Dak Prescott under center, a struggling offensive line and a wide receiver-by-committee approach; Dallas’ passing attack ranks a lowly 31st in the NFL, averaging a paltry 145 yards through the air per game.
The Cowboys have a top-ten rushing attack and the third best overall defense in the league. But the poor passing attack has been the weakest link through the first three games of the season. But one player could be key to turning the passing offense around.
Wide receiver Tavon Austin has been the lone bright spot among this lackluster passing attack in Dallas. Through three games and with limited snaps, the former eighth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft has recorded five receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Austin also has three rushing attempts for an impressive 34 yards.
In Week One, Austin had just 10 offensive snaps. That increased to 18 snaps against the New York Giants the following game, where he had a huge 64-yard touchdown reception on the opening series. This past Sunday, Austin played just 19 offensive snaps, recording a short touchdown reception and an impressive 18-yard run.
Tavon Austin has been a game changer whenever given the opportunity. The problem is that the Dallas Cowboys have never played him more than 34 percent of the time on the offensive side of the ball. The Cowboys must increase Austin’s snaps to help ignite this stagnant passing attack as he’s been the only consistent playmaker on their wide receiver corps.