The Dallas Cowboys ran the ball just 23 times against the New York Giants on Sunday night, while throwing it 45 times, but head coach Jason Garrett insists that the offense is still a “run-first” operation, at least from a philosophical standpoint.
"If you look at our possessions, four of them were two-minute opportunities--two in the first half and two at the end of the game," Garrett said, per Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas. "You really have to watch the game and evaluate the game. You have to understand the context in which the plays were run."
Cowboys running backs went for 81 yards on 22 carries against the Giants on Sunday night, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan came away feeling good about the backfield. The runners also contributed a lot to the passing game--a classic attribute of Linehan offenses--with Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden combining for 61 yards on four catches.
Lance Dunbar is among the running backs, but he didn’t have a carry. He just led the team in receiving with 70 yards on eight catches.
"The idea is to have a balanced offense and attack in a lot of different ways, both running and passing," Garrett said. "And that’s what we try to do each and every week."