Down & Distance

Last Sunday, 10 of the Cowboys' 13 third downs were at least third-and-8.

Garrett's play call when the sticks are 10 yards away. And it's extra-dangerous against 3-4 defenses like Washington's, because those schemes can better disguise their rushers. It's why Mike Shanahan installed it upon his arrival this offense.    

Fix those third downs - eliminate those penalties, gain solid yardage on first- and second-down runs - and that scoring trend will remain back in 2009, a mere footnote in franchise history.

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