How does the Cowboys’ offense work?
On this day in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, the team is still in the midst of its playoff push.
The Cowboys have won five games in a row, with three of those coming in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It is the first time the Cowboys have done that since 2010.
Now that they have reached the playoffs for the first, two and three consecutive seasons in franchise history, the Cowboys are in a position to do it again, especially when you look at the numbers that tell the story.
The numbers are impressive.
The Cowboys have scored 4,732 points in their last 10 games.
The last time they scored more points in a 10-game span was in 2013.
Their average points per game this season is 7.05 points per contest.
They rank second in the NFL with a 4.5 rushing attack per game.
The team has scored over 2,500 yards and are on pace for 4,000 total yards.
They have averaged just 4.1 sacks per game and have allowed just 3.7 sacks per contest, good for second-best in the league.
They are the only team in the AFC East (and only one playoff team) to have a winning record in eight straight seasons, and the only other team to have 10-win seasons in the last nine years.
The defense has been great this season.
The defense is fourth in the NFC in scoring defense at 23.8 points per drive and is the only unit in the conference to average over 3.0 points per play.
The unit has held opponents to just 10.6 points per possession on offense and just 2.7 points per attempt.
The best unit in that group is the defense, which has allowed just 9.1 points per passing attempt.
They are allowing just 7.8 per attempt and have forced 15 turnovers.
The offense has been really good, too.
The offense is second in both rushing offense (1,931 yards) and scoring offense (2,917).
That is good for first in the division, and they are averaging over 4.4 points per rushing attempt, the most in the League.
The secondary has been solid, too, ranking third in the National Football League in total interceptions and interceptions per game (4.5).
The secondary has also been outstanding, ranking sixth in the Division in passing defense and third in rushing defense (3.8 yards per carry).
The offensive line has been good, and it has been especially good in the secondary, where the Cowboys rank fifth in the entire NFL in adjusted sack percentage (1.9 percent).
The unit is allowing just 4 sacks per week, third-best among all teams.
They have the best run defense in the AFL, allowing just 3 rushing touchdowns, fourth in all of the NFL.
The most exciting part of this season has been the defensive line, which is the one spot where they are not allowing opponents to score a touchdown and that unit has been fantastic.
They hold opponents to a league-low 9.3 points per carry, which ranks seventh in the NBA.
They allow just 3 sacks per rush and have held opponents under 100 rushing yards in all but two games this season (against Miami and Atlanta).
This unit has the potential to be one of the most dynamic units in the game in 2017.
They could also be one to watch moving forward.
The biggest concern for the Cowboys is the quarterback situation.
Dallas is playing in the preseason finale against the Houston Texans, and while this is the best opportunity of the year for this defense to shine, there is still plenty of time for him to turn it around.
The only team better than the Cowboys on offense is the Pittsburgh Panthers, who are ranked third in passing yards per game with 531.9, and both teams are tied for sixth in rushing yards per contest with 5.1.
The best quarterback to start the season is Derek Carr, and he’s starting to get his feet wet, but it’s tough to see this unit having the same success.
Carr threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Arizona Cardinals, but he has struggled on the ground all year.
He was averaging just 3,073 yards and five touchdowns per game in his first three starts of the season.
That’s a lot of production, but the best team in all the NFC South is also the worst team in that division.