After looking at five encouraging statistical figures yesterday, we’ll take a look today at five discouraging stats that need to be addressed for the Cowboys to make a playoff push next season:
The defense gets into the act for the first time with this category. The Cowboys finished tied for last in the league with just seven interceptions.
The Cowboys’ lack of interceptions has been well-documented, much more so than this number of passes defended. As stated with the previous category differential, the team finished tied for last in the league in interceptions. That wasn’t from an inordinate amount of dropped interceptions. The defense simply didn’t get to the ball in the air, also finishing last in the league in passes defended. Now, part of that can be attributed to the fact that teams weren’t throwing as often on the Cowboys, who allowed 125.2 rushing yards per game. Opponents threw just 511 times against the Cowboys – 147 fewer attempts that
No matter who Dallas put back to return kicks, the likelihood of that return going for any kind of distance remained slim throughout the season.
This looks more like the average yards per game for a top receiver than what the stat really indicates. The Cowboys rushed for only 79.1 yards per game as a team, good for 31st in the NFL. OK, yes, the Cowboys also finished with the second-fewest rushing attempts per game, but the lack of runs isn’t the only reason for the meager rushing attack week in and week out. The Cowboys also averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, tied for 30th in the league. The dreadful rushing attack is a primary reason the team might want to snag an offensive lineman in the first round. Undoubtedly, if
A quarterback who finished with the third most passes in the league must throw a ton of interceptions to end the season in the bottom half of the league in interception percentage rate. Romo tied Drew Brees for the most interceptions thrown this year, tossing a pick on 2.9 percent of his passes. It’s not surprising to see the three quarterbacks who threw the most passes this year – Romo, Brees and Matt Stafford – all finish with at least 17 interceptions. All three of their respective teams either struggled to play defense, forcing them to pass to get back in the game, or struggled to run, forcing them to pass to move the ball. Romo’s statistics dramatically improved after the early part of the season, but the team still needs to figure out a way to limit the turnovers if it wants to reach the playoffs and eliminate the mediocrity next season.