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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
The offensive line is weak. Terrance Williams is a lost rookie. Miles Austin is done. DeMarco Murray’s hurt. Tony Romo’s a choker. And …
The Dallas Cowboys are on a record scoring pace, averaging 30.5 points per game. The franchise high? 29.9, set by Danny White, Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson and the ’83 unit.
The numbers are a tad skewed via assists from Dwayne Harris’ returns and defensive scores by Barry Church and Brandon Carr, but nonetheless the much-maligned Cowboys’ offense is quietly the second-most productive in the NFL.
Through six weeks only one team has scored more points than Dallas’ 183. And it’s really unfair to compare anyone or anything to You-Know-Who and the Broncos’ 265 points. Though a handful of bye-taking teams have only played five games, only the Packers (137) are within shouting distance of the Cowboys.
From the Dept. of Stats Are Always Deceiving: The 3-3 Cowboys have scored 58 more points than the 5-1 Patriots.
Dallas has done its damage at home, amassing totals of 36, 31, 48 and 31 for a total of 146 in going 3-1 in AT&T Stadium. On the road, it’s been about half as productive. The Cowboys average 36 points per game in Arlington, and 18 everywhere else.
With Murray out with a sprained knee, the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to win Sunday’s game in Philadelphia with offense. Unless, that is, they get the same kind of help as their last visit. Against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field last November the Cowboys used a punt return (Harris), interception return (Carr) and fumble return (Jason Hatcher) to put up 38 points.
But if it takes another 30 points to win, the odds are not in the Cowboys’ favor despite this year’s gaudy production. In their last 18 games on the road, they’ve scored 30+ only twice.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.