The Cowboys’ slow start against the Washington Redskins (that’s a bit of an understatement, of course) on Thanksgiving was indicative of a season-long problem for Dallas, one that’s started to get under head coach Jason Garrett’s skin a bit.
The Cowboys are dead in the middle of the pack, 15th in the NFL, with 20 points coming on their first possession in 2012. They’ve been outscored 132-73 in the first half. As Jason Garrett knows, this is not a recipe for success in the NFL, and a fairly sizable factor in explaining why Dallas is entering the month of December a game under .500 at 5-6.
"We haven't started fast enough in all three phases," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "Typically on offense, our issue has been there have been some third downs we haven't been able to convert early on and they've had some success against us moving the ball and scoring some points. As much of a turnover thing as it was earlier on in the year, just not getting the conversions when we need them. That's what we need to do. We need to execute those ballplays to keep drives going and give ourselves a chance to score some points."
We’d like that.
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