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Running the Numbers: Film-Based Stats From Raiders Game

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My third post-game article is up at DallasCowboys.com. There, I take a look at some of the interesting stats from the three drives run by the Cowboys’ first-team offense in Monday night’s preseason win over the Raiders.

  • Of the 11 plays run by the first-team offense, there was motion on four of them.

Again, this is evidence of Garrett sticking to the basics in the preseason. The ’Boys motioned on 37.4 percent of plays over the past three seasons, but they tend to bunch the majority of those in the first quarter. The reason is that the team’s initial plays are scripted, so the offense had time to practice those plays and the motions all week.

Under Garrett, the Cowboys have historically been far more successful when not motioning before the snap. For whatever reason, the rate of sacks and overall negative plays is about twice as high for plays on which the offense has sent someone in motion as opposed to remaining in a static formation.

  • The Raiders blitzed Romo twice.

One of those blitzes was the back-shoulder throw to Romo. The quarterback likely recognized that Oakland was in man coverage after seeing the blitz and knew the cornerback on Bryant would have his back turned to the ball.

Two plays after the Bryant completion, the Raiders blitzed again. This time they didn’t show it pre-snap, however, and Romo overthrew Cole Beasley down the seam (although it looked like there may have been pass interference on the play).

Read the entire post here.

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