Cowboys want more than leading league in total offense

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The Cowboys lead the league in total offense, with an average of 436.8 yards per game.

They never got higher than 20th last season, finishing 22nd.

The Cowboys have not finished a season leading the league in total offense since 1977. They haven’t led in scoring since 1980. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since the 1995 season.

“We haven’t played our best ball,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. “You look at the numbers and, ‘Hey we’re No. 1 in offense,’ it’s something we can be proud of, but it not’s the staple. It’s not who we are. It’s not what we’re aiming for. We’re aiming to be a successful team, a successful offense.”

The Cowboys ranked fifth, fourth and fourth in total offense during their three Super Bowl victories in the 1990s.

Despite being first in yards this season, the Cowboys rank fifth in points scored and are 5-3. That’s why they aren’t hanging a banner for leading the league in yards.

“That’s good, but I mean, you’re 5-3,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “That’s the biggest thing you’ve got to focus on. I think sometimes you can’t get caught up in that. You want to be a big-time offense statistically and all that, but you want to win games; you want to score points. That’s how you do it. You look at that [last] game. We scored 30, but it was a different 30. I think our focus is the standard for that offense is really high. So starting faster earlier in games is a big priority. The further along you go and be the type of team you expect to be, your certainly not going to win as many games when you can’t score early on in games.

“It’s a confident group. We’ve got a lot of talent, smart coaches. It’s just putting it all together, and we’re confident we can do it.”

10 responses to “Cowboys want more than leading league in total offense

  1. I’m not a stats guy. I mean look at the Packers, and the Bears, and the Bills, all of whom at one point had tremendous defenses. Then the real schedule kicked in and all have had their doors blown off.

    The cowboys lost to the Jets. They have played nobody…. look at the schedule, NOBODY. Their season starts this week. They have at least 3 losses coming their way and I don’t think the games will be close. Prescott is once again racking up garbage yards and still can’t throw a deep ball. Cooper should be shut down for a couple weeks with his knee, but they can’t afford to have him out.

    Bottom line is still the same on this team, stack the box and make Dak beat you. The Jets did it, how hard can it be?

  2. Oh what happened to the o when the saints kicked the crap out of it?

    250 yards?

    Zeke 1.9 a carry

    Yeah rack up them yards against bottom feeders.

  3. Vikings D getting zero respect for this Sunday.
    Have given up 2 rushing TD’s all year and one was last week on an overplay and a guy tripping over his feet that resulted in a 91 yd td. He got 20 yds on the rest of his carries. Secondary will be better once Huges replaces Rhodes and Zim needs to do it sooner rather than later. I made the trip to Jerrah’s world and honestly the Vikings are a better team and I expect a W.

  4. Dallas offense and Dak Prescott both overrated. Simple defensive plan to beat the Cowboys. Stop Zeke and the running game and force Dak to step up and make plays to beat you.

  5. Dallas fan here. I think almost every comment in this thread (almost) has some merritt. Cooper should be out but he is needed. Dallas has beaten nobody of substance (even though the Philthy eagletts were many folks preseason NFC SB darlings). Everyone saying take Zeke away and you beat this team … well you take away the most dangerous offensive player on most teams and they struggle … this ain’t rocket science.

    And then there are all the shallow homer comments which equal and empty suit.

    Dallas and Minny are philosophically and talent wise pretty equally matched teams. I eagerly await this game as a measuring stick for my Cowboys.

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