More important Dallas Cowboys numbers
9 – The amount of games it has been since the Dallas Cowboys scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
On their 2nd possession of 3rd quarter, Andy Dalton hit Dalton Schultz for 12 yards and a touchdown (on a 1st down pass FYI).
Dallas’ offense has had its fair share of problems in 3rd quarters since Dak Prescott was hurt. In the first 5 games of the season, the Cowboys scored 4 3rd quarter touchdowns. Sunday against San Francisco was the first 3rd quarter touchdown the Cowboys have been able to score since then.
16.7 – The percent of targets caught by Dallas Cowboys receiver Noah Brown.
Noah Brown was targeted 6 times and only caught the first pass thrown his way for 13 yards. 3 times Andy Dalton targeted Noah Brown on 3rd downs, and every time it fell incomplete; twice forcing a Dallas punt, and once causing the offense to settle for a field goal.
Dalton targeted Brown on 3 consecutive throws at one point in the 4th quarter. One was on 3rd and 4 which forced a Dallas punt from near midfield. The next 2 came after Donovan Wilson intercepted Mullens at the San Francisco 28 yard line.
Dalton threw incomplete to Brown on 1st and 10 and 3rd and 10 (he threw the ball away on 2nd down). Amazing starting field position following a turnover was wasted on a drive that gained 0 yards in 3 plays, two of which were incomplete passes the 4th string wide receiver.
(Note: Michael Gallup did leave the game during injury, so Noah Brown did come in as the 3rd receiver. However, he has not earned more snaps after failing to take advantage of his opportunity.)
3 – Dropped passes for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys currently lead the league in drops with 29. Dynamic rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb is responsible for 7 of those (2nd most in the league).
40.5 – Andy Dalton’s Total Quarterback Rating for the game.
For the season, Dalton has a 50.3 QBR, a statistic developed by ESPN to better rate quarterbacks. A 50 is supposed to be an average NFL quarterback. A season of 75+ is supposed to be a Pro Bowl caliber season. Only 5 quarterbacks in the NFL who qualify are rated below Dalton in this category this season: Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Sam Darnold, Nick Foles, and Nick Mullens.
For comparison, Dak was 4th in the NFL last season at 71.9: sandwiched between Russell Wilson (71.5) and Drew Brees (73.3).