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Cowboys-Bengals Film Study

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At NBC, I broke down the Cowboys’ big 20-19 win over the Bengals.

Punt the Punter

Brian Moorman has to go, right? His five punts—only one of which was kicked inside the 20—averaged only 33.0 yards. Three of them were kicked out-of-bounds, but I don’t think that was Moorman’s intent. Moorman cost the Cowboys around three expected points with his punts; had he kicked even the league-average length, the Bengals’ expected points on three separate drives would have been around one point lower.

Tony Romo Overcomes Poor Start

The Bengals did a good job of disguising their looks against Romo, but the quarterback didn’t have his best stuff, either. I counted 10 of Romo’s passes as being off-target—nearly twice the normal rate.

Play-Action Frenzy

After totaling only 3.67 play-action passes per game through 12 weeks—by far the lowest rate in the NFL—the Cowboys attempted eight on Sunday. Romo was moderately effective on the passes, completing four for 61 yards. He also missed Miles Austin on a deep play-action look in the first quarter—a play on which Austin was wide open and had a real chance to score.

See the rest at NBC.

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