1. Red zone woes
The Cowboys currently rank 25th in the NFL in red-zone touchdown scoring percentage. No team below them is currently in playoff contention and only the Patriots, who are 24th, join Dallas as a likely playoff team ranking below 20th.
Lately, things have gone from bad to worse in this category. Since that game against the Chiefs, Dallas has had 15 red zone opportunities. Nine have ended with kicker Greg Zuerlein out on the field.
If the Cowboys are to get back on track offensively, scoring six instead of three when they are so close to the end zone would certainly help. Part of this decline is because there has been a lack of creativity in the play calls. Earlier in the year, it seemed like offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was pulling out all kinds of tricks and gadgets. That has completely gone the way of the dinosaur of late.
There are unsubstantiated rumors that the team is holding back on creativity and saving it for the playoffs. I don’t buy that for a minute. While I could maybe entertain that concept, I don’t think struggling for two months and reducing confidence is the way you want to enter the tournament.
These are the three biggest areas I see where Dallas could improve offensively. If the Cowboys can make these changes, they could do some damage in the playoffs, especially with the defense playing as they are currently. There are still three games to work out the issues. Hopefully, that is exactly what happens.