Running the Numbers: Interesting Stats for Cowboys vs Panthers
At DallasCowboys.com, I broke down the Cowboys’ game film.
- Of the Cowboys’ 28 designed running plays, only six (21.4 percent) increased the points they could have been expected to score on that particular drive. In terms of staying ahead of the chains, the first down rushing attack has been successful in just one game all season. On Sunday, the Cowboys ran the ball on 18 of their 28 first down plays (64.3 percent).
- Head coach Jason Garrett has called a near 50/50 split on first down over his play-calling career, but I really think the Cowboys could benefit from opening up the offense in those situations. Defenses still play to defend the pass on first down, but the Cowboys have averaged nearly twice as many yards on first down passes as first down runs since Garrett has been calling plays. Further, Romo has a career first down completion rate of 67.1 percent and he’s been sacked on only 4.6 percent of first down dropbacks, i.e. the risk of a loss or no gain perhaps isn’t as great as you might think.
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