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October 02, 2012

Offensive numbers don't lie; they are ugly

The Cowboys' offensive numbers don't lie. They are ugly.

Their 364-yards-per-game average ranks 16th in the league, but they are averaging only 16.3 points per game. Their per game scoring average is second-worst in the league to Jacksonville. The Cowboys would be ranked at the bottom of the league if not for a garbage touchdown with 34 seconds left.

They are minus-7 in turnover ratio, second-worst to the Chiefs' minus-13. Dallas has 11 turnovers and four takeaways. Their 11 turnovers are third-worst in the league.

"We’re not playing like we need to play, with the balance we need to play," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We’re not doing a lot of things we need to do, protecting the ball. We’re making minor mistakes. All of that can make you play better. I thought we could play better tonight, and I thought we had done some things to correct some of those mistakes, and we did. But you can’t give that ball away like we did tonight and have any chance to win. Although I give Chicago a little credit, too. They’re a pretty good team."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still has faith his offense can get it going. The Cowboys have scored seven touchdowns this season.

"We have to just keep banging away," Garrett said. "We have to focus on executing ball plays all over the field and in particular down in the red zone and cash in on some scoring opportunities."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean




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