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  • Writer's pictureMike Buck

Dallas Cowboys - 'We won't overreact'

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a disappointing loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, falling to 2-1 on the season. While there were multiple factors at play, including a struggling run defense and a rash of penalties, the team's continued issues in the red zone have been a persistent problem throughout the first three games.

Head coach Mike McCarthy, who took over play-calling duties this offseason, acknowledges the problem and says the team is working to figure out what's causing it. The "Texas Coast Offense" has been successful in driving the ball downfield, but once they reach the opponent's 20-yard line, the offense has struggled to convert, with a 40 percent success rate in the red zone.

McCarthy says the team will be spending more time on the red zone this week and is not overreacting to the issue. He points out that the team was last in the league on third down a couple of weeks into last season but ended up having a successful year.

Despite the struggles in the red zone, the Cowboys have been moving the ball well, leading the league in drives with 10 or more plays. Three of the offensive line starters were out against the Cardinals, but there is a possibility that all could return for Week 4 against the Patriots.

Once the team figures out the red-zone woes and adds a bit more verticality to their passing attack, they should be in a good position to succeed. As McCarthy says, "the most important thing is we're getting down there more than anybody. We're moving the ball. That's the hard part." The team is aware of the problem and working to find a solution.


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