The Cowboys are being outscored. That much is obvious. One of the reasons is their inability to score.
Dallas ranks sixth in total offense, but it is averaging only 18.8 points per game, 26th in the league. They scored only 13 points against the Falcons, with their only touchdown coming with 5:21 left in the game.
"I thought we did some good things on offense in the game last night," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "I think the biggest thing that you learn from a game like that, the reason the Falcons are 8-0 is that they are a good football team, and you have to take advantage of every opportunity you have. We had eight true possessions in the game, and we scored on three of them and had a scoring opportunity on a fourth. If you look at three of the other possessions, we missed a third-and-a-foot and had two drops on third downs that stopped drives. When you play a good football team like the Falcons, you can point to those plays and say if those drives had continued, we get another opportunity and we limit their opportunity. They are a good enough team if they make that stop and then they come back and hold the ball for a little bit and then they go cash in on their opportunity. So when you are playing good football teams, the moral of the story is that you have to take advantage of all your opportunities really in all three phases."
The Cowboys are tied for 27th in red-zone efficiency, scoring 11 touchdowns on 25 possessions inside the opponent’ 20. They have 11 field goals.“We haven’t done a good enough job down there, obviously," Garrett said. "We’ve kicked too many field goals. I think it’s probably a variety of things. I think we have to run the ball better. We have to make some plays, and we have to give our players an opportunity to make plays. If you look at different games, there are different reasons for why we didn’t score. I know this: We’ve just got to get it better and we’ll keep working on that in practice.”
-- Charean Williams