Cowboys need work in red zone

November, 10, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Want to know why the Cowboys average just 18.8 points per game, with offensive weapons such as Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten?

Red zone scoring.

Overall, the Cowboys have converted just 51.4 percent of their red zone attempts, 18th in the NFL. The Cowboys have scored just six touchdowns, tied for 22nd in the league.

"The only thing I can honestly say (is) there's definitely room for improvement," offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said.

The Cowboys conducted a Thursday afternoon meeting to address the red zone, which is their custom, but whether it results in more points Sunday at Philadelphia remains to be seen.

"I think anything, everything is harder than what somebody might think," Austin said. "Your job is harder probably than what I think. That being said, at the end of the day, we have to do our job and succeed regardless of circumstance."

As an offense, the Cowboys have converted just 50 percent of their goal-to-go situations, producing three touchdowns out of 10 attempts. The NFL average for scoring on goal-to-goal situations is 68.9 percent.

Tony Romo has thrown five touchdowns and two interceptions on 37 passing attempts in the red zone. Austin and Witten lead the team in red zone targets with eight each. Bryant leads the Cowboys with catches (five) and scores (two).

Callahan said red zone plays get limited because there's less of a field to work with and the back of the end zone is like a wall.

"Everything gets constricted," he said. "You obviously have a 12th defender and what's tougher is the more you go down there in terms of yardage, it decreases when it gets down to the 10-yard line. It becomes tougher to run the football, it becomes tougher to pass the football, the spacing is tight."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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