Running the Numbers: More Stats from Baltimore
At DallasCowboys.com, I published the stats from my film study of the Ravens game.
- On the season, Tony Romo has completed 13 of his 16 play-action passes for 219 yards and a touchdown, good for a passer rating of 139.6. Play-action passes are a great way to leverage big chunks of yards from a strong running game. If you continue to run the ball again and again, even if it’s working, you put yourself in a position in which you must continually beat the defense. Had the Cowboys generated a quick score off a play-action pass, perhaps they wouldn’t have even needed to attempt a field goal at the end of the contest.
- Unfortunately, we didn’t see many downfield passes from Dallas. Only one pass, the third-and-5 incompletion, traveled at least 20 yards. On the season, only 19 of Romo’s 187 attempts (10.2 percent) have traveled that far. While opening up the offense with deep passes is admittedly a high-variance strategy, it could lead to big plays that would allow the Cowboys to finally “steal” a victory as the Ravens did on Sunday.
Read the entire breakdown at the team site.