The declining numbers in the passing game -- namely a sudden lack of vertical throws -- might suggest that the Cowboys are reining in turnover-prone quarterback Tony Romo. His yards per attempts are down, not just from past years but from earlier this year.
The Cowboys say it's more the result of their adjustments for an inexperienced and banged-up line, the lack of opportunities and a heavier emphasis on the run than an avoidance of having Romo make throws down the field.
Romo, who has averaged less than three pass plays of 20 yards or more the past three weeks after connecting on almost six per game the first four games, was put off by the question.
"That just seems silly," Romo said. "You guys just have different numbers that tell you whatever. It's the opponents you're going against. You have more time, you're able to take shots downfield. When you have less... that's part of it. When you're running the ball, well, you're able to take more. There's a lot that goes into it. We're always pushing the ball down the field. From week to week, that will vary here and there."