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'Boys D Struggling On Third Downs



    Many will look back on last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints and pin the blame on wide receiver Roy Williams, for giving up the ball, and the chance to seal an upset victory over the New Orleans Saints. But it’s worth noting that, on the ensuing Saints drive, they were still, for a brief moment, on the ropes.

    On a third down in their own territory, New Orleans needed ten yards for a new set of downs; instead, they got 55, on a pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem. A play after that, they scored what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown. The Saints had plays of 19 and 28 yards as well on third down, which only illustrates a glaring flaw in the Dallas defense.

    Opponents this season have converted 42.4 percent of third downs against Dallas, which puts them at 26th in the league in terms of third down defense. The Indianapolis Colts, this week’s opponent, have the fourth best third down offense in the league.

    So, you know, that’s not really a good sign. The Cowboys should probably work on that.

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