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Friday, October 18, 2013
Road hasn't been kind to Cowboys offense

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- There’s an old adage in the NFL that defenses travel.

In the Dallas Cowboys' first two road games, their offense certainly has not yet.

The Cowboys lost 17-16 at Kansas City and 30-21 at San Diego.

The sample size is not big, obviously, but the Cowboys are averaging 47 fewer yards away from home and have scored just three offensive touchdowns. The Cowboys have run the ball just 32 times total in two road games, or two fewer than what they attempted in the home win against the St. Louis Rams.

On third downs at AT&T Stadium the Cowboys have converted on 43.2 percent of their third-down tries and just 30 percent on third down on the road.

Crowd noise is the obvious difference.

“We practice in crowd noise,” offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said. “It’s just a focus and a concentration that we really put the premium on, so I don’t know that it’s much different. In terms of third down it gets cranked up. But throughout the game in normal downs, it’s challenging always but we try to do the best we can with all the silent count mechanics that we have so we don’t have those communication issues.”