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November 11, 2012

Cowboys offense continues to sputter, scoring only 17 points

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took exception to a question about the fact that the Cowboys offense had scored only 17 points.

"How many?" Romo asked, pointing out the final score was 38-23.

Yes, but....

The Eagles offense actually outscored the Cowboys offense, 23-17, but Dallas was the beneficiary of three return touchdowns. It marked the first time in team history the Cowboys have returned a punt for a touchdown, an interception for a touchdown and a fumble for a touchdown.

The Cowboys offense didn’t do much, but it did enough.

“We still need to correct the things we didn’t do as well in this game and build off the stuff that we did,” said Romo, who played through his bruised arm. “If we keep creating turnovers and special teams plays well, boy, we could be a good ballclub. We really could.”

The Cowboys entered the game averaging only 18.8 points per game. They had scored only 11 touchdowns in 25 red-zone possessions.

Dallas gained only 294 yards against the Eagles. It was 1-for-2 in the red zone, getting an 11-yard pass from Romo to Felix Jones on its first drive but settling for a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.  

“That’s an area we still need to do a better job there,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “…We’re just not getting a lot of opportunities. It’s just really kind of been like that all season. When we are, we’re not executing well enough to win. It’s been tough.”

The Cowboys did have a turnover-free game, the second consecutive.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

 

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