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Wide receiver Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.
Much has been made of the Dallas Cowboys’ inability to get into the end zone in eight trips to the red zone this preseason, the continuation of a trend from last season, when they fell in the middle of the pack with respect to red zone efficiency.
Dallas scored 52 percent of the time when they reached the red zone in 2009, which put them at 14th in the NFL. Red zone efficiency was a much harped upon point this offseason as a result, which makes the team’s hitherto inability to find the end zone, after getting inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line all the more unnerving.
Of course, as it’s the early preseason, Dallas hasn’t exactly been throwing the kitchen sink at opposing defenses; but, according to Patrick Crayton, this is no excuse.
“A lot of it’s vanilla, but we just got to execute better and somehow get in the end zone,” Crayton said.” A three (the offense’s current grade) is like, okay, it’s like a 70 in a class--because right now, that’s what we’re averaging, a 70, which is just getting by. Somehow, we’ve got to start getting B’s and A’s.
“It’s frustrating but it’s not a time for panic right now. Like I said, we’ve still got three preseason games left and we’ve got a big one coming up this week in San Diego, so that’s going to be our next test.”
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