Yesterday at the end of the third quarter, the Fox broadcast posted a graph that illustrates this in a very clear way:
- Cowboys on first down plays: 15 plays for 29 yards.
- eagles on first down plays: 17 plays for 117 yards.
That’s a graphic example of putting your team in bad spots on 2nd and 3rd down. This is exactly what influences our third down conversion rates. Yesterday it was 6/15 on third down conversions and most of them were on 3rd and long situations. When your team is constantly in 3rd and 7 or more, this league is brutal.
So far this season, Mike McCarthy’s offense is digging too many holes on first down.