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News: BTB: Fast Start To Games Will Be Key To Cowboys Success In 2011

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by CCBoy, Sep 8, 2011.

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    Fast Start To Games Will Be Key To Cowboys Success In 2011
    by One.Cool.Customer


    It’s a widely held belief that the Cowboys are not great starters. And at first glance, the numbers seem to bear that out: in both of the last two seasons, the Cowboys had six games in which they failed to score a single point in the first quarter, and three more games in each year in which they only scored field goals in the first quarter. Over the last two seasons, the Cowboys went scoreless in the first quarter in 12 out of 32 games (38%) and went without a touchdown in the first quarter in 18 out of 32 games (56%).

    But what sounds like a lot actually isn’t all that much. In total, teams went scoreless in the opening quarter 40% of the time in 2010, and failed to score a TD in 57% of their first quarters. Dallas is right in the middle of the pack, so would getting off to a fast start be that much of a difference maker?

    Last year, 71% of all regular season games in the NFL were basically decided by the end of the first quarter, meaning the team that held the lead after the first quarter eventually won the game. And that percentage went up the further the game progressed...

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