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Dallas vs the average: Reviewing Dallas Opponents


I initially posted this info in a comment, but I decided to expand on it and post it again as a Fan Post.

I wanted to see how well our offense and defense is actually doing, so I went through the games to pull some stats about the points allowed and points scored.

I surveyed each team that Dallas has played and took the average amount of points the scored for and against them (not including Dallas's score). I think this gives us a better picture of which side of the ball really struggled and which side performed better than expected.

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

TAM

20

3

-17.0

18.1

19

-0.9

CIN

21.1

20

-1.1

26.8

17

9.8

NYG 1

20.1

23

2.9

22.4

16

6.4

WAS

19.2

25

5.8

17.5

10

7.5

LAR

23.1

22

-1.1

16.8

10

6.8

PHI

19.9

17

-2.9

27.7

26

1.7

DET

28.6

24

-4.6

26.9

6

20.9

CHI

23.3

49

25.7

20.2

29

-8.8

GNB

23.2

28

4.8

18.5

31

-12.5

MIN

21.7

40

18.3

25.9

3

22.9

NYG 2

20.1

28

7.9

22.4

20

2.4

IND

20.6

54

33.4

17.4

19

-1.6

TAM

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

TAM

20

3

-17.0

18.1

19

-0.9

The offense really looked bad on the first game of the season. Putting up 3 points against what we see now to be a struggling team. Tampa's defense seems to still be pretty strong. It comes in at the 3rd best defense based on points allowed on this chart. The defense performed better, but still not as good as you want to see. People mention Dallas as having a top offense and maybe the best defense, so seeing both sides play this bad is really odd. Rough start to the season.

CIN

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

CIN

21.1

20

-1.1

26.8

17

9.8

Going into week 2 with Dak out, I think we all expected the offense to stay bad, but it elevated nicely to just under average. The defense also took a leap forward, and more than accounted for the slightly below-average offense.

NYG 1

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

NYG 1

20.1

23

2.9

22.4

16

6.4

In week 3, the second week without Dak, the offense looked slightly above average. It is really nice to see your offense led by a backup QB have more success than an average starter, even if it is less than 3 points of a difference. The defense showed up again, holding the Giants to nearly a full TD less than the average team. I think the team's familiarity with the Giants helped the offense to find success.

WAS

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

WAS

19.2

25

5.8

17.5

10

7.5

In week 4, Cooper Rush and the offense improved yet again. If last week was a good time for the team, this week was even better. The defense showed even stronger, holding Washington to more than a full TD less than average. It was an overall good showing and gave us plenty reason to be thrilled with the team. If Cooper Rush continued at this pace, it could really give fuel to that QB controversy we talked about.

LAR

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

LAR

23.1

22

-1.1

16.8

10

6.8

In week 5, we got another good win. The offense fell back off a little. I really think the familiarity of division opponents enabled the offense to be better in the past two games. But this week, the offense fell back off to just below average, oddly enough the same -1.1 difference as against CIN. The defense had another good showing giving Dallas the easy win against what we've come to find out is a bad team.

PHI

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

PHI

19.9

17

-2.9

27.7

26

1.7

Week 6 was a bit of a letdown. The offense did ok, just slightly worse than average again. The defense played just a little better than average. They almost equal out. Unfortunately, the average team is going to lose against Philly.

DET

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

DET

28.6

24

-4.6

26.9

6

20.9

Week 8 was Dak's first week back and the offense was good enough, but not great. The defense, however, showed up like a true force of nature. They held Detroit to nearly 3 TDs less than average, their 2nd largest differential of the season.

CHI

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

CHI

23.3

49

25.7

20.2

29

-8.8

In Week 9, the roles reversed. Dak, Pollard, and the Cowboys dominated the Chicago defense, scoring their largest point differential of the season so far. The defense struggled, largely against the run game.

GNB

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

GNB

23.2

28

4.8

18.5

31

-12.5

Week 10 came as a bit of a surprise to me. The offense actually performed better than average against the Green Bay defense. It wasn't a truly dominant performance or anything, but still better than average. The defense performed terribly for the second week in a row. The real worrying part is that neither of these two teams are particularly great offenses. Green Bay has been one of the worst.

MIN

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

MIN

21.7

40

18.3

25.9

3

22.9

Week 11 was everything you want to see in your football team. The offense took on a top NFL team and blew them out in every aspect. The offense and defense both torched the average. We are Dominate. What more is there to say.

NYG 2

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

NYG 2

20.1

28

7.9

22.4

20

2.4

In Week 12, the second matchup with the Giants, the offense looked a lot better, scoring more than a TD over average. The defense looks to have taken a step back from the previous game, but was a little different in reality, as the Giants scored a final touchdown with only 8 seconds left.

Conclusion

While this analysis has many flaws, it doesn't account for the context of the game (such as injuries, Defense and ST scores, or garbage time points) I think it does show some relevant information.

My first conclusion is that Dak's return has allowed the Offense to round the corner and give this team a real shot. I do believe Dak is more of a rhythm QB. He often needs to get into a groove before the offense comes together. That is why I'm wary of games after the bye. I'm also wary of the playoff bye. That is also consistent with Dak playing badly week 1 and his first game back.

My second conclusion is that the Defense worries me. They have the ability to be a dominant Defense. Micah Parsons is a game changer, but those games against CHI and GNB are concerning. We need them to be a scary defense when we play against the good teams. I hope they continue to show up.

Update: IND

Tm

AVG Pts Against

DAL Scored

Difference

AVG Pts For

DAL Allowed

Difference

IND

20.6

54

33.4

17.4

19

-1.6

This game was a lit closer than it will get credit for. The first half was worrying. The 3Q was only marginally better, but the 4Q was wonderful on all sides. I don't think the Colts could have thrown the game much better than the way they played it. Dallas scored its highest margin over the average team. 33.4 points more than the average team. They scored more in the 4Q than most teams did against the Colts the whole game. This defense wasn't anything to sneeze at either. It has done a pretty good job this year, really giving their struggling offense a shot. The defense gave up a little more than average, but really locked them down in the second half. The start was a little rough for the defense, but the offense didn't really help, so I don't blame them too much.

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