Can you believe the Dallas Cowboy are the only team in the NFL that has scored over 30 points in each of their games this season? Offensive juggernauts like the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots have a higher per game average than the Cowboys due to some big games, but the Cowboys have shown more consistency with their scoring outputs thus far. For a team that ranked 22nd in points scored last season, it’s great to see this type of production from the offense.
How are they doing it? Well, the list is extensive as the Cowboys have a strangle hold over several offensive categories, but here are a few of them that might be a little bit of a surprise to you.
Dak Prescott has the lowest QB pressure rate in the league
It’s crazy to think that Prescott was sacked 56 times last season (second-most next to Deshaun Watson). How did they ever overcome that and still make the playoffs? The Cowboys endured all kinds of injuries to their offensive line as right tackle La’el Collins was the only starter that didn’t miss at least one game due to injury last year.
The unit is healthy again, led by the return of their All-Pro center Travis Frederick. Not only that, but second-year left guard Connor Williams has shown tremendous improvement inside. But probably the most notable pleasant surprise is just how well Collins is playing as he’s finally demonstrated why he was viewed as a blue-chip pick in 2015. Everyone on the line is playing great, and defenses aren’t able to get to Dak (stats courtesy of NFL Matchup on ESPN).
The Cowboys offensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage, and when they do that - the chains keep readily moving. The front office has invested a large amount of cap resources to build their line, and it’s great seeing it pay such rewarding dividends.
Cowboys are the best team at never getting to third down
The offense has put up 97 points this season. In each game, the team has put together five scoring drives, resulting in a total of 13 touchdowns and just two field goals. Whether they are able to get into a groove early or not, the groove eventually comes, and the result is a very productive offense.
As the Cool One stated on Friday, the Cowboys offense is the best in the league so far this season at converting on third down with a 58% success rate. That’s impressive in itself, but what’s also astounding is that the Cowboys offense doesn’t even need third down very much. Sheil Kapadia from The Athletic compiled a list of how often in a new set of downs that each team avoids third down, and the Cowboys are at the top of the list, skipping the money down altogether a third of the time during their drives.
Circumventing third down is a great way to avoid having to convert them, and this definitely shows up on the scoreboard. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has done a fantastic job mixing it up and this continuously keeps the defenses guessing. One of the biggest sight for sore eyes is how the team has veered away from stubbornly running the ball on second and long, as the Cowboys have suddenly turned into a high-volume passing team in those situations.
Cowboys are averaging more yards per play than the Chiefs did last year
Everyone knows about the 2018 offensive explosion that was the Kansas City Chiefs as they averaged nearly 35 points a game last year. Led by MVP Patrick Mahomes the Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship game for the first time in 25 years. Kansas City was fun to watch last year as their offense put up 40+ points five different times, including a 51-point performance in a losing effort against the Los Angeles Rams on a Monday night thriller. It was wild times for the Chiefs last year.
The Chiefs offensive outburst was helped by an impressive 6.7 yards per play. That’s pretty incredible. Would you believe that the Cowboys offense is averaging higher than that this season? Sure, it’s a small sample size, and we’ve heard endlessly about how bad their opponents are, but their 7.4 yards per play still shows the Cowboys are getting it done on offense.
Some might think it’s attributed to a lot more passing, but that’s not the case. The Cowboys still rank third in run percentage and feature a stout ground attack. The volume of passing hasn’t gone up, but the efficiency has. Dak Prescott has the highest completion percentage (74.5%) in the league, and he trails only Mahomes in passing yards per attempt (9.6). The Cowboys are making the most of every moment Dak drops back, and it’s completely changed the dynamic of this offense.