After a start to the season which has left much to be desired, here is a cold hard look at where the Cowboys stand. I will attempt to keep my meaningless opinions and reactionary analysis out of this as much possible.
By the Numbers
- 7th in Total Offense
- 24th in Points/Game
- 2nd in Total Defense
- 20th in Points allowed
These stats illustrate the idea that the Cowboys can move the ball offensively like the best teams in the league and score points like the worst. Not to be outdone by the offense, the defense, can statistically limit opposing offenses like a truly elite unit, except in the only statistical category that holds any bearing on the teams record, the scoreboard.
The Cowboys are 4th overall in penalties with 46 for 330 yards through 5 games. 15 of those penalties, and 75 of those yards, have come by way of false start calls which, you guessed it, Dallas leads the league in. Doug Free and Tyron Smith share the honor of most penalized player in the league with 8 calls apiece, which is fantastic considering they both start on the same offense line for the... you guessed it, Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas is tied for 29th in turnover differential with -8. Taking this stat a step further shows that the Cowboys have caused only 4 total turnovers, in 5 games, 1 int and 3 fum. Romo's 9 interceptions this year are good enough to tie him for 2nd in the league along with Matt Cassel and Andy Dalton. Only Brandon Weeden has thrown more with 10.
The situation in Dallas is simple, this team cant score, stop other teams from scoring, stop taking penalties, stop turning the ball over, or turn the ball over for themselves and have thus far compiled a 2-3 record while staring down this remaining schedule????
In order to win even be a .500 football team at the end of the season, the team mentioned above would have to win 6 of those games remaining. What do you think??