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Running the Numbers: Cowboys Offense Struggling

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At DallasCowboys.com, I posted the stats I uncovered from breaking down the Cowboys-Bucs film. Here are a few stats on Tampa Bay’s blitzes:

  • After reviewing the tape, I think a huge reason for the Cowboys’ offensive struggles was how often and effectively the Buccaneers disguised their defensive looks. Of the Cowboys’ 63 non-quarterback kneels, I tracked Tampa Bay as sending five or more rushers 20 times. But, the Buccaneers showed blitz on only seven of those 20 plays, meaning 65 percent of their blitzes came after they lined up in a conservative look.
  • In Week 1, the Giants disguised three blitzes. It rose to seven in Week 2 in Seattle, and 13 on Sunday. Defenses are clearly trying to confuse Tony Romo. On those 23 plays, the Dallas has rushed five times for 19 yards (3.8 YPC) and passed 18 times for 75 yards (4.2 YPA) with one interception. Even though those 18 pass attempts represent only 16.7 percent of Romo’s total throws on the season, one-third of his passes that I’ve labeled as being “off target” have come when defenses line up in a base look and then blitz.
  • Tampa Bay also did a nice job of showing blitz and then backing out. They did it nine times in the game, with the Cowboys passing on seven of those plays for a total of 29 yards. Their net passing total was only 14 yards, however, because two of the plays resulted in sacks for -15 yards.

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