Originally Posted by tecolote
I think some blame goes to the Dallas offense, teams tend to take fewer risks in the passing game when they are leading or down just one score and that has happened a lot this year.
I agree the Cowboys keep opponents in games therefore QB's don't have to press. When you get a team down by 2 scores or more they have to take some chances down the field which allows your defense to pin their ears back and come after the QB this leads to mistakes by the QB. One reason Romo has thrown a number of int's this season is the Cowboys have been way behind in a couple of games forcing him into some bad decisions against Chicago and the Giants in the second game. He had 9 int's in those 2 games having to play form way behind.
Opponents don't have to stray away from their game plan against the Cowboys because our offense gets off to slow starts and doesn't score many TD's. QB's are able to manage games and not have to air it out all day in an attempt to come back. We allowed 2 rookie QB's Russell Wilson and Brandon Weeden to get comfortable behind a strong running game. Neither QB was forced into an int vs the Cowboys because their teams jumped out to a lead while our offense sputtered and they were able to get comfortable and manage the game.
The only decisive win the Cowboys have had this season where they jumped out to a nice lead was vs Philly and that was due to 21 points by the defense and special teams. If the Cowboys wouldn't have to settle for FG's so much and would start putting some TD's on the board after long drives they would take QB's out of their comfort zone and get more int's and turnovers in general.