Nobody is willing to suggest that penalties are no longer a problem, but the last two weeks have shown great improvement on that front. 5 penalties against the Giants and 3 penalties against Jacksonville suggest that initiative is bearing some fruit. Of course, when you are throttled on the field in both games at home, this is not some sort of consolation - "We were rolled badly tonight, men, but I am proud of you: 3 Penalties!" - but it doesn't hurt.
For the season, the Cowboys are no longer challenging for the league lead, but they are still in their comfortable home in the Top 10 in the league. With some teams still to take their bye weeks, the Cowboys rank 6th in penalties and 8th in total yards.
Since this blog entry is exclusively addressing penalties, we can say in one small department, the Cowboys did not have a complete and utter disaster. There, feel better?
Game 7 vs Jacksonville:
Totals for Jacksonville: 3 Penalties for 20 yards. All 3 Penalties for the Offense. Nothing for the Defense for the 1st time this season, and the 2nd week in a row of clean returns and coverages for the special teams.
Worst Offender: Nobody wins this award for once!
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 7:
The pre-snap penalties are always a killer for this offense, and they already have 17 or 2.4 per game.
Let's hope next week the good news is more than just penalties.
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