Time to look at the penalties again, and as Wade Phillips said this week: "We got that problem straightened out". He is right, for one night, at least.
One stat that some of you have pointed out to me is interesting to say the least. Despite the Cowboys huge total of penalties committed this season, their opponents in the same games have committed the 31st most (27) in the NFL through this point of the season. Only Buffalo's opponents have committed fewer penalties. And, of course, Buffalo (26) is the only winless team left in the NFL.
Why is this? I don't have a great theory. Some of you have said this proves the league wide conspiracy to keep the Cowboys down. Others might say that this says that it says something about your players in that teams don't have to cheat to contain them - whether they are pass protecting or trying to cover the Cowboys receivers.
I don't buy either, but it is a number we should track.
Week 6 vs New York Giants:
Totals for New York: 5 Penalties for 42 yards. 4 Penalties for Offense, 1 for Defense, 0 for Special Teams for the first time this season.
Worst Offender: Nobody with more than one, but since Mike Jenkins now leads the NFL with 5 Pass Interference penalties...
Here are your season totals - Keep in mind, my totals include declined and offsetting penalties. For football reasons, they matter way more than just accepted penalties.
This is through Week 6:
Andre Gurode pulls even with Miles Austin for the offensive lead with his untimely 15 yarder in the 4th.
Jenkins is trying to run away with the team lead and the defensive lead. I think his confidence returned somewhat on Monday night, but he is still in some sort of funk.
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