What’s going on with the Cowboys’ offense?
At DallasCowboys.com, I took a look at some of the offensive numbers in Week 4 and throughout the season thus far.
- Defenses are going to continue to disguise their blitzes against Romo until he beats them. Over the past three seasons, Romo’s passer rating is 79.4 when teams blitz after lining up conservatively, and just 70.3 when they show blitz but back out. Since the Giants game, all three of the Cowboys’ opponents have frequently disguised their intentions against Dallas, and it has worked.
- I’ve tracked opponents as disguising their defensive look on 33.8 percent of snaps, a much higher rate than in previous years. On plays on which the defense has shown a blitz but then backed out, Romo has completed 26 of 37 passes for 305 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions – good for a passer rating of 81.5. When the defense has not shown a blitz but then rushed five or more players, Romo’s 2012 passer rating is only 48.8. He has posted 4.54 yards per attempt, no touchdowns, and one interception on those 24 passes.
- On Monday night, the Bears disguised their looks quite a bit. It slowed down once they gained a big lead in the second half, but through two quarters, Chicago attempted to confuse Romo on 51.6 percent of the Cowboys’ offensive snaps. Romo threw the ball on 12 of those plays, completing nine passes for 77 yards and an interception (56.6 passer rating). The Cowboys also allowed a sack to defensive tackle Henry Melton when the Bears showed blitz, but then backed out and twisted their defensive linemen.
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