When the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving in 2012, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thought he had seen the future and had the look of a man who hated what he had seen.
On that day, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, playing in his first game as a pro back in Texas, completed 19 of 27 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Rookie running back Alfred Morris carried 24 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.
But it was Griffin who had Jones looking ashen after the game. In Jamize Olawale Authentic Jersey the second quarter, Griffin completed 10 of 13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns as Washington scored 28 points.
Opponents have worked to take away Smith’s running lanes. He rushed 11 yards for a touchdown against Tampa Bay, but that was his longest run of the season.
“It’s a statistic you see that’s a big enough outlier from years past,” Smith said.
His stats on third downs and in the red zone are every bit as much of an outlier. Smith’s passer rating on third down is 68.4, compared to 91.2 on all downs. His passer rating inside the opposition’s 20 is 88.2, and while that doesn’t look bad compared to his overall rating, it ranks 28th in the league.
Smith acknowledged those numbers need to improve but said Jerry Rice Authentic Jersey
they don’t necessarily indicate he isn’t playing as well as he did last season.
“Each season is different,” Smith said. “It’s its own journey. It’s different. The schedule is different. So to compare it to years past is hard. It’s just a different challenge.”
What he wants to improve on the most over the final six games?
“Winning,” he said. “The most important stat in all of sports is winning and losing. I really could care less about point production, leading the league in scoring.
“Obviously, from my personal statistics, it really doesn’t matter. My job is to win football games, and I’m willing to do any and everything to do so.”