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Redskins vs Cowboys Red Zone Preview

I think it's about time to dish out are apologies to Sherman Lewis. The volunteer bingo caller is 6-9 in the red zone in the 3 games he's called. Sherm Smith certainly gets the assist with his effective play-calling on the ground. It's still hard to say exactly what went wrong those first 6 weeks, but it's obvious that the Joe Gibbs' style of running the ball is working. Did you know the Skins ran the ball FORTY times against the Broncos (with only 27 passing attempts)? Does that sound like a West Coast offense to you? Whatever it is, the Redskins offense is a lot less predictable and it's paying off.

Redskins Red Zone Statistics 2009
  Redskins Offense  Opponent's Offense 
@Giants 2-3 0-3
Rams 0-5 1-3
@Lions 1-2 1-3
Buccaneers    1-3 1-1
@Panthers 2-3 2-3
Chiefs 0-1 0-2
Eagles 2-3 0-0
BYE - -
@Falcons 2-2 1-2
Broncos 2-4 0-1
Total 12-26 6-18

The Cowboys on the other hand are a mystery. How does one of the best offenses in the NFL have statistically one of the lower red zone percentages? What's ironic is that week 2 when the Boys hosted the Giants, the Cowboys went a perfect 4-4 in the red zone, the Giants went 0-5, and the Giants won 33-31! (Eli had several TD passes in the 22-30 yard range).

Cowboys' Red Zone chart and analysis after the jump...

Going back to the Cowboys red zone woes, it's clear Jason Witten has not been a factor. He only has ONE total touchdown all year, which came way back at week 2. His weekly receptions average are still on his par from last year at 5, but his yards per reception are noticeably down. Either way, he's someone that needs to be accounted for at all times. I'm looking forward to see who Blache has defending him.

Cowboys Red Zone Statistics 2009
  Cowboys Offense  Opponent's Offense 
@Buccaneers  1-2 3-3
GIANTS 4-4 0-5
PANTHERS 1-4 0-0
@Broncos 1-3 1-2
@Chiefs 0-2 2-2

FALCONS 1-3 2-2
SEAHAWKS 3-3 1-1
@Eagles 1-3 1-2
@Packers  1-3 2-2
Total 13-27 (48%) 12-19 (63%)

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