Cowboys vs Eagles: The Cowboys Passing Game Needs to Get Back on Track in 2011
During Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys' passing game was notably absent in Week 8. While the Eagles brought with them the tenth ranked pass defense in the league, several Dallas stars were eerily quiet the day before Halloween.
The Cowboys are probably more worried about yielding 495 yards of total offense to the Eagles during Sunday's defeat, but with the Cowboys trailing the whole game, the passing game couldn't get in gear at all.
Dallas wide receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant only managed three catches apiece, while tight end Jason Witten managed only four catches for 28 yards.
The lack of offensive rhythm should be troubling, mainly because Dallas started their drives after Philadelphia kickoffs. Despite the Cowboys' poor showing on defense, the offense didn't find themselves pinned near their own end zone at all during the game.
The Cowboys should retain possession more through the running game, which will keep the defense off the field and open up the passing game again. DeMarco Murray appears to be the real deal at running back for the Cowboys in his rookie season. When Felix Jones comes back healthy, the Cowboys should be even more potent. A balanced offense will be key to the Cowboys getting back on track through the air.
If the Cowboys defense continues to perform as they did in their Week 8 loss to the Eagles, Romo and the Cowboys' passing game will have to step it up if they want to have any chance at a playoff berth.
They'll need more plays like this 70-yard touchdown to WR Laurent Robinson.
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