Prediction: Cowboys Will Score More Points in 2013
I continued my preseason predictions at NBC with one that’s not all that bold, to be honest: the Cowboys will score more points in 2013. Here’s one of the reasons:
Superior Field PositionThe primary reason that Dallas will score more points is that their defense is bound to give them more help. Last season, the Cowboys’ defense hauled in only seven interceptions and forced a turnover at the third-lowest rate in the league. That would have improved in 2013 regardless of Rob Ryan’s departure, but it’s especially likely with Monte Kiffin. If the Cowboys can acquire more short fields, they’ll be able to put points on the board much faster. They ranked seventh in the NFL in yards per drive in 2012; if their point total matches that, they’ll score in the neighborhood of 425 points in 2013.