The way this offense is running ever since Dak got back is giving major flashbacks to the 2014 season. Focus on running the ball with our 2 running backs, and the qb picking the defense apart with play action.
Even the beginning of their seasons were similar, check this out. The 2014 Cowboys were 6-2 at this point in the season just like we are now. Both teams went into their first game with a pass first mentality and got wrecked.
Romo 2014 season:
San Francisco game
First game of season for Romo he had an absolute clunker against the 49ers with a terrible stat line of 23-37 281 yards 1TD 3INT and lost the game 28-17. The media wrote the cowboys off as washed up, and proclaimed their season over.
First game the cowboys switched to a run based offense. Romo is much more efficient throwing the ball 8 less times finishing 19-29 176 yards 1TD 0INT. The running game was quite strong with the Cowboys rushing for 1TD 220 yards on 43 carries and won the game 26-10
New Orleans game
Romo really lets it rip in this game scoring the most points they have all season up to this point. A great game with 22-29 262 yards 3TDS 0INT. The running game powered away to the tune of 2TDs 190 yards on 35 carries. A perfect balance between running and passing and the Cowboys won the game 38-17
Dak 2022 season
Tampa Bay Bucs game
First game of season Dak has an absolute clunker against the Bucs 14-29 134 yards 0TD 1INT and lost the game 19-3. Dak broke his thumb and the media wrote the Cowboys off as washed up, and proclaimed their season over.
Dak's first game back under this new run based offense. Prescott is much more efficient throwing the ball 4 less times finishing 19-25 207 yards 1TD 0INT. The running game was strong with the Cowboys rushing for 2TDS 139 yards on 32 carries and won the game 24-6
Dak really lets it rip in this game scoring the most points they have all season up to this point. A great game with 21-27 250 yards 3TDS 1INT. The running game powered away to the tune of 2TDs 190 yards on 35 carries. A perfect balance running and passing and the Cowboys won the game 49-29
Its striking the amount of similarities between that season and this one, and we are only halfway through the season. This formula worked to perfection and led the 2014 Cowboys to a 12-4 record and wildcard round win before they were ultimately downed by Aaron Rodgers Packers in the divisional round when the defense could not make a stop after the Dez catch/no catch decision.
The 2022 Cowboys have that same formula but with a defense that is eons better. Dak needs to do exactly as Romo did that year. But Dak has a trump card that Romo would have given his left collarbone for. Micah Parsons. I think if Dak and Kellen Moore follow the 2014 model offensive model they will be able to take us to a place we have not been in decades: an NFC Championship game, and I like our chances in that game against anyone out of the NFC.