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B.D.O.D Against the Rest of the League

The other day we looked at Dallas' opening drive production and saw they scored a grand total of 27 points on their opening series over the course of the year.  For this post I have compared their weekly point total versus that of the other 31 teams in the NFL.  After the jump you will find how they stack up with the league as a whole, see how they compare with the top 10 opening drive scoring teams, and then even what the defense did on their opening drives.

Weekly Opening Drives for the League

This layout runs a little wide.  I will apologize upfront.  --Edit Note--I cannot apologize for the split layout in the end.  The formatting on here is way to finicky with tables and such!

*Note ' - ' represents a team's bye week. 

 

NFC East

 

 

NFC North

 

NFC South

 

NFC West

 

Week

DAL

PHI

NYG

WAS

MIN

GB

CHI

DET

NO

CAR

ATL

TB

ARZ

STL

SF

SEA

1

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

7

3

0

0

0

0

3

7

3

0

0

7

0

3

0

3

0

0

7

0

0

3

0

0

7

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

4

0

-

7

0

7

0

7

7

3

-

-

7

-

0

0

0

5

0

7

7

7

7

-

-

3

-

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

6

-

0

0

0

7

7

0

0

7

0

0

7

7

7

-

0

7

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

-

0

0

7

0

0

3

0

-

8

0

7

0

-

0

0

0

0

7

7

7

-

7

3

0

3

9

0

0

0

0

-

7

7

0

0

7

7

0

7

-

3

0

10

0

0

-

7

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

11

0

3

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

3

0

7

0

3

3

0

12

0

3

0

7

0

0

0

7

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

13

0

3

0

7

7

3

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

3

7

0

0

0

7

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

15

7

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

16

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

7

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

17

7

0

0

0

7

7

3

0

0

7

0

3

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

27

51

34

28

38

37

17

26

51

44

37

27

35

16

15

10

RANK

T19

T1

T11

18

T5

T7

T26

T22

T1

3

T7

T19

10

28

29

T31

AFC East

 

 

AFC North

 

AFC South

 

AFC West

 

 

DAL

NYJ

NE

MIA

BUF

CIN

BAL

PIT

CLE

IND

TEN

JAX

HOU

SD

DEN

KC

OAK

Opp.

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

7

7

0

7

3

7

7

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

7

3

0

0

0

7

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

0

7

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-

0

0

0

0

0

0

-

3

0

0

0

0

-

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

-

7

7

0

0

7

-

0

0

7

-

-

0

0

-

0

0

7

0

-

0

0

-

0

-

0

0

3

0

0

7

0

-

0

3

-

0

3

-

7

0

0

-

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

-

0

0

0

6

7

0

0

3

0

0

0

7

-

0

7

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

7

3

0

3

7

0

3

0

7

0

7

0

0

7

7

0

0

3

7

0

0

0

3

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

3

0

0

3

7

7

3

3

0

3

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

7

7

0

0

0

7

0

0

3

3

3

7

7

3

0

0

3

0

7

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

7

0

0

0

7

3

0

7

0

7

3

0

7

0

0

38

34

33

23

34

27

37

29

42

26

31

24

34

13

17

10

20

T5

T11

15

25

T11

T19

T7

17

4

T22

16

24

T11

30

T26

T31

 

While that sinks in, shall we point out some shockers?  Well, how bout we are the 4th best team in the NFC East coming out the gate!?  Pretty abysmal when even Washington sneaks past us.  Carolina had to be one of the biggest surprises.  Who knows what happened to Delhomme last year, but it seems strange that a team would click so well out of the gate and then just fall apart later.  They definitely were a team I was not expecting near the top of this list.  Once they get some solid QB play they could be a pretty scary team.

 

Dallas versus the Top 10

Seeing as how Dallas ended up T19th, it could be viewed that it wasn't all that bad.  I disagree.  Below is the top 10 teams and how many times they scored and how much it related to their overall season total.  I find that the teams that started out the fastest generally were some of the better offenses in the league(with the exception of a few.) Also, 7 of the top 10 teams made the playoffs.  With all 10 of them finishing above .500.  Is it necessary to win games to get out and immediately put points on the board, nope, just look at Dallas; but would it be much more helpful?  It sure would.  I think you see below that Dallas is definitely underachieving in terms of some of the other top opening drive scores.  Most the other teams came up with close to 10% of their points, Dallas mustered 7.5%

Top 10 Opening Drive Scoring Teams Compared to Dallas

Rank

                                 Team

Total Points

Times Scored

Season Points

% OD Pts of Season Pts

T1

Philadelphia Eagles*

51

9

429

11.88811189

T1

New Orleans Saints*

51

9

510

10

3

Carolina Panthers

44

8

315

13.96825397

4

Indianapolis Colts*

42

6

416

10.09615385

T5

Minnesota Vikings*

38

6

470

8.085106383

T5

New York Jets*

38

6

348

10.91954023

T7

Green Bay Packers*

37

7

461

8.026030369

T7

        Atlanta Falcons

37

7

363

10.19283747

T7

     Pittsburgh Steelers

37

7

368

10.05434783

10

Arizona Cardinals*

35

5

375

9.333333333

T19

Dallas Cowboys

27

5

361

7.479224377

 

Opening Drive Defense

While the offensive was struggling some weeks, the defense certainly was not.  They gave up 20 points for the year on opening drives on just 4 scores.  But the most impressive statistic is when you look at who they had to play against in those drives: 9 teams in top 11, and 4 of those games being against top 3 teams.  The defense came out ready to play and consistently shut down some of the quicker starting teams in the league.  Dallas came up with 0s both games against Philly, NO, Carolina, GB, and one of the NYG games--go figure, on the road.

The offense is trying to climb their way to the top, and the defense is there helping pull them up.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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