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Offense fails to score a TD yet again, but don’t blame Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden came up 1 yard short of 100 yards in the game and 3 yards short of 1,000 for the season.
Darren McFadden came up 1 yard short of 100 yards in the game and 3 yards short of 1,000 for the season. AP

Darren McFadden is 3 yards shy of reaching the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career. He ran the ball fairly well again on Sunday, gaining 99 yards on 19 carries.

But the Cowboys lost again, 16-6 to the Buffalo Bills, and the offense continues to struggle without quarterback Tony Romo. This marked the fourth game of the season that the offense didn’t score a touchdown.

It’s hard to blame McFadden or the running game, though.

“Darren ran the ball fairly well,” coach Jason Garrett said.

Instead, the offensive issues are more on the passing game and red-zone struggles. The Cowboys had a first-and-goal from the 9, and couldn’t punch in the second quarter. That is the only real touchdown threat they had during the game.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan can’t remember a team he’s coached that has struggled so much to find the end zone.

“It’s certainly been one of the bigger disappointments this year is points on the board have to be made through touchdowns first,” Linehan said. “Field goals aren’t going to cut it. So it’s been an Achilles’ heel of ours this year, and there’s going to be a time for that evaluation and talking about what we do and what the reasons are and all of that stuff.

“Not going to win enough games if you don’t put enough points on the board on offense – that’s for sure.”

Linehan didn’t have any theories as to why the offense has been inept at times to score touchdowns, as did coach Jason Garrett.

“We certainly need to get better offensively,” Garrett said. “We didn’t do enough offensively.”

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