Dallas may have a near-average 5-4 record and didn’t reach the end zone in its Week 3 win over the Redskins, but the Cowboys offense appears to be hitting its stride.
In wins over Seattle and Buffalo (albeit at home), the Cowboys scored 23 and 44 points while rolling up 442 and 433 yards, respectively.
Dallas gained 375 yards on the Redskins in the teams’ first meeting, including 125 rushing yards.
As the re-match gets closer, a look at how the Cowboys deployed their personnel against the Redskins (plays include those negated by penalty except for delay of game and false start):
3WR-1RB-1TE: 12 times. The biggest play was a 20-yard pass.
1WR-2RB-2TE: 21 times. The most familiar personnel grouping used, it produced gains of 22, 29 and 40 yards, but also a sack and two penalties.
4WR-1RB: Three times. Showed it on the opening series but only two more times afterward.
2WR-1RB-2TE: Nine times. The Cowboys didn’t get much out of this grouping, just one play longer than 5 yards.
3WR-2RB: Three times. Another grouping Jason Garrett showed on the opening series. The Cowboys later got a 27-yard pass.
2WR-2RB-1TE: 11 times. The last four times Dallas used this grouping – gains of 23, 18, 25 and 25 (plus 15 for a penalty) yards.
3WR-2TE: Three times.
4WR-1TE: Three times. Tony Romo was intercepted by Kevin Barnes out of this grouping.
1WR-1RB-3TE: One time.
I counted Jason Witten as a tight end each time he was on the field but he’s like Fred Davis – he’ll line up on both slots and even occasionally out wide.