I, guess we cannot bag on teams that went 11-5, and made it to the second round of the NFL playoffs, even if they are owned by one Jerry Jones. The Cowboys are a pretty solid team especially on defense, but they could use some work on the offense. I am not the biggest Tony Romo fan in the world, but I found the news articles questioning his intelligence last year a little distasteful. Whatever we think abut Romo he can get the job done and it appears that the stats back that up.
In 2009 the Cowboys scored 361 points or 22.6 points per game. That was good enough for 14th best amongst the 32 NFL teams. Romo threw for 4,483 yards, completed 63.1% of his passes, and threw for 26 TD’s with just 9 interceptions. That stat line should effectively shut up all the Romo haters out there. On the ground this team gained 2,103 yards behind the effective RB tandem of Marion Barber and Felix Jones.
The defense gave up just 250 points or 15.6 per game. That means on average they outscored their opponents by more than a TD. However their take away differential was just +2. Since the QB did not have a ton turnovers this suggests that the Cowboys could use a few more players who can create turnovers. They did give up over 3,800 yards passing yards, and 1,448 yards on the ground. This seems to suggest that the work that needs to be done is in the defensive secondary.
Really though this is a team that is a right move or two away from dominating. They have a very solid roster, which should now have enough playoff experience to make a very long run towards another Super Bowl ring in 2010.