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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Bills a good red-zone guide for Cowboys

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- On Monday coach Jason Garrett said the offensive coaching staff would look at things the Cowboys have done in the past successfully in the red zone as well as look at what other teams do well in order to correct a flaw.

If Garrett wants, he can look at what Buffalo has done inside the opponents’ 20 for a guide.

Only Tennessee has a better touchdown percentage in the red zone than the Bills. Buffalo has scored a touchdown on 18 of 28 red-zone drives for a 64.3 percentage. Tennessee has scored touchdowns on 14 of 19 tries.

Buffalo is even better on goal-to-go situations, scoring a touchdown on 12 of 14 times.

The Cowboys have scored touchdowns on just 10 of 26 trips inside the opponent’s 20. Only Tampa Bay (3.4%) has a worse percentage than the Cowboys. In goal-to-go situations, the Cowboys have scored touchdowns on eight of 19 tries. Only Jacksonville has a worse percentage at 37.5.

“Your quarterback has to play good in the red zone,” Gailey said. “Your receivers have to go to the right place and you’ve got to have some guys down there who make some plays. [Ryan Fitzpatrick] and the receivers have done a great job of making plays in the red zone. We were fortunate early in the year to play extremely well there, and we’ve done OK lately. We need to get back to where we were earlier this season.”