The Dallas Cowboys crimes were the most fruitful in Art NFL during the 2021 season.

And even though the team has one of the highest paid running backs in the league Ezekiel Elliotthis power was mainly due to his passing attack, which he led Duck Prescott.

Dallas has had not one, but three receivers surpass the 800-yard mark (CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Dalton Schultz) last season, while Prescott himself was seventh in total yards and fifth in both touchdowns and completions.

The team will have to scrap to replace the lost production of Cooper and Cedric Wilson (they both left in the offseason), and while Prescott remains confident in his own abilities, former Boys QB Tony Romo thinks the team is better off transitioning to Prescott’s more intense approach in his first few seasons.

“I really think it’s going to be an interesting year to see without Amari Cooper,” Romo said this week on “Maggie and Perloff.” “This is one small problem that I think will make a little difference.

“I think you’re going to see a little bit of a shift in philosophy… You know, because the weapons aren’t going to be as dynamic.”

The seasons Romo is talking about represent some of the troupe’s best in recent years from a rushing standpoint. In 2016 and 2017, Elliott had two great games, earning first-team All-Pro honors for his accomplishments in 2016 and even some MVP nods from the voters.

Dallas averaged 149.8 rushing yards that season and posted 24 TDs on the ground with 72 runs of 10 or more yards (all three marks were second in the NFL). Elliott, a rookie, tallied 1,631 rushing yards and 15 TDs.

The following year, Dallas again finished second in YPG (135.6) and TDs (18), while finishing third in yards per carry (4.52). The team ranked 23rd in rushing yards per game in 2016 (237.4), dropping to 27th the following campaign (207.9). In 2018, Elliott led the league again with 1,434 yards.

The Cowboys made the postseason twice in 2016-18, winning one of their three playoff games. They made just one playoff appearance in 2019-21 amid a shift to a more pass-oriented approach.

Romo made his fortune predicting plays in the broadcast booth during his time at CBS. Could his predictions for Dallas’ offense be a viable recipe for the team’s winning formula in 2022?


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