It has been a painful seven-game stretch for the Dallas Cowboys, who failed to win a game without Tony Romo. Here are some of the reasons why, in number form.
The total number of second half points scored by the Cowboys in the last seven games, good for less than a touchdown a half. This putrid offensive stretch also includes two second-half shutouts, one of which came on Sunday against the Bucs.
The Cowboys third down percentage during this stretch. For the full season, only seven teams sport a lower conversion percentage. These seven teams have a combined 29 wins, good for just over four a piece.
Dallas, of course, only has two wins.
Penalty yards the Cowboys have taken over the last seven games. To put this number in perspective, it's only 174 less yards than Darren McFadden has rushed for this entire season.
Not only have the 44 penalties been a backbreaker, but many of them have come in crucial spots - such as Jeff Heath's holding call yesterday.
The number of turnovers the Cowboys have forced in this stretch. A defense that thrived on taking the ball away last season has failed to do so consistently this season. With backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel replacing Romo, a few turnovers to give them a short field would be nice.
Speaking of short fields...
The Cowboys red zone touchdown percentage over the last seven games. To make matters worse, five of the losses have come by a touchdown or less.
Scoring seven and not three down in the red zone is so important, and while 60% is relatively average, the full season's number is a hideous 48%. The Cowboys have plenty of offensive talent, so not cashing in touchdowns in close is unacceptable.
These are just a few of the reasons that the Cowboys find themselves in last place in the NFC East. Each week they have seemingly invented a new way to lose, taking fans for a ride we won't soon forget - for better or worse - upon the return of Tony Romo.
Which of these numbers do you find the most telling? What else has caused the Cowboys slump? Discuss with a comment below, or find me on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ!
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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