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By Jonathan Bales

Where are the screen passes?

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Why haven’t the Cowboys run many screen passes this year?

However, for whatever reason, screen passes aren’t a big part of Jason Garrett’s offense. Actually, the Cowboys have run only 17 screens in all of 2012, and nine of those were quick screens to receivers. That means that through 12 games, we have witnessed only eight screen passes to running backs. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones are both above-average pass-catchers, so the lack of screen passes is sort of perplexing. Since the Cowboys have over a 90 percent catch rate on screens over the past three seasons, the play can basically be used as an extension of the running game to limit the impact of opposing pass-rushers.

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