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Three Things That Can Be Greatly Improved in the Cowboys Offensive Game

The Cowboys have played just two games in 2018, but at the same time there’s already some concerns about the teams’ offense, as thus far in two games they have scored just 28 points.

The opener the team lost on the road to Cam Newton and the Panthers, falling 16-8, which wasn’t a shock as if you checked before the game they were three point underdogs.

Last week they did bounce back against one of their rivals, the New York Giants, winning on Sunday night Football in front of a packed house at AT&T Stadium, winning 20-13.

28 points in two games is pretty easy to figure out – they are putting up just two touchdowns per game. That’s not going to be enough when the season is on the line, and if this team is going to challenge the big boys of the NFC like the Rams, Packers and Eagles, 14 points per game is not going to do it.

Today we are going to look at three keys to getting this offense back on track, and seeing what exactly is going on with the Cowboys thus far.

1. Dak’s Decisions

Thus far in two games Dak Prescott hasn’t been amazing at the quarterback spot by any means, and some of that has come down to making the right decisions throwing the football.

There has been more than one play where he’s keyed in on one receiver, and instead of going through his progressions, he’s simply tried to force the ball in.

We seem to forget at times that Prescott at times is still very young himself, but if this team is going to get better, he’s got to make better decisions and do a better job going through his reads.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan have to keep working with Prescott, making sure that during the week he does a better job in the film room.

Garrett and Linehan have run a simplistic passing attack, featuring spread formations and basic route designs, and while maybe Prescott is use to a spread system in college, he’s got to do better watching what’s going on around him.

2. Get Zeke Back to Form

It’s been a tough road over the last year plus for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, and it showed again Sunday against the Giants, as he had a rough night for the most part, just not putting up the huge numbers he did as a rookie.

Elliott put up 4.58 yards per carry in Sunday night’s 20-13 win over the Giants, pretty much the same as he did in the opening day loss to the Panthers.

He’s yet to have a breakout game or even a breakout run this season, and again some of that is going to fall on coach Garrett and Linehan to figure out how to get him loose.

How about some screens out of the backfield? That might be a way to get Zeke going, and maybe if the confidence comes back, he’ll look more like his old self.

3. Get The New Guys Involved

The Cowboys entered the 2018 season it seemed with a LOT of new faces in the passing game. With Jason Witten and Dez Bryant history, the team brought in an entire new group of pass catchers like Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin and Michael Gallup.

The tight ends are also new and completely unproven also. Then there’s the fact that QB Dak Prescott threw 18 passes to that group in the preseason, not enough to get on the same page.

So now there’s simple issue of needing more time. That’s what you can look for as the Cowboys continue on the 2018 trek. This group should be better, but they need more time to get to know each other.

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