IRVING, Texas -- With the Dallas Cowboys' defense struggling, wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked if the offense carry the team in the final three weeks of the season.
Bryant, the Cowboys' leader in catches (70) and yards (908), wasn't trying to be disrespectful to the defense, but is confident in the offense's abilities.
"In my honest opinion, I really believe that we can," Bryant said after Friday's practice.
Before you rip on the defense, the offense hasn't been spectacular either. The Cowboys have the 22nd-ranked offense, ranking 15th in passing and 24th in rushing.
After scoring 48 points in a loss to the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6, the offense has scored at least 30 points three times, converted 50 percent of its third-down plays twice in the past eight weeks, and might have to play a perfect game on the offensive end to keep the season alive.
"We shouldn't have to rely on the defense, no disrespect to our defense, they should focus on what they focus on, and the O should focus on what we focus on," Bryant said. "If a team puts up (a certain) amount of points, we should be able to do the same."
It's almost unfair to ask the offense to keep up with opposing offenses. In the loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday, the Cowboys' defense allowed scores on the first eight drives of the game. The Cowboys' offense did score four times out of nine possessions, but not with the same frequency of the Bears' offense.
It appears the Cowboys' offense can't keep up, but on the season coach Jason Garrett's group is tied for third in points per game (27.5).
So can the Cowboys' offense put up the points?
"I don't know, all I know is, whatever the coaches call we're going to try and execute the plays the best we possibly can," Bryant said. "That's our job. If its runs, we'll execute runs, us receivers will try our best to get our blocks. If it's a pass, us receivers will try our best to go out there and make that play."