Granted, it's a limited sample size of data thus far, but there are some intriguing statistics already on display as the Dallas Cowboys grind through the preseason. This year's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., set to break Friday afternoon following a morning walk-through, has offered a limited amount of data to examine—more is coming Saturday afternoon in Phoenix as the Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals.
It's tough to make too much of any statistics being shown thus far. The reasons are probably more numerous than I'll point out here, but here's a couple of big ones.
There have only been two games played this summer in which starting players even hit the field and there's still a ways to go in the preseason.
Two of almost anything isn't exactly enough to determine a trend—you need at least three for that.
Nevertheless, with more than half of Dallas' preseason games yet to be played prior to the regular season opener against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas, there are a few things that the franchise would like to see continue in 2013.
I would suggest this much: If Dallas remains a ''frequent flyer'' in any four of the following areas, the Cowboys will definitely make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
While these goodies aren't high in number, they are certainly worth watching moving ahead.
Each of the following applies only to the Cowboys 2013 preseason games.
All recorded stats courtesy of ESPN