Cowboys starting faster on offense

IRVING, Texas -- One of the criticisms of coach Jason Garrett has been the inability of the Dallas Cowboys to start fast in games.

That may have been true at some point but has not been the case this year, especially on offense.

The Cowboys have scored points on their first possession in five of their six games. They have three touchdowns and three field goals. They have opened their last two games against the Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins with touchdown drives of 11 plays for 79 yards and 10 plays for 80 yards, respectively.

"It's some good stuff -- just a combination of executing ball plays and really not making the mistakes that teams tend to make to start a ball game," Garrett said. "You've got to just be ready to play. It always comes down to executing, handling the emotion of the early part of a game, and then execute your running game, execute your passing game, and I think we've done that. I think we've done that fairly consistently throughout the game, but it's certainly nice to get off to good starts and leading the ballgame early on."

Last year, the Cowboys scored on their first possessions only six times. They punted six times and had turnovers four times.

The offense has opened the second half of games effectively as well, scoring points on three of their six drives to open the third quarter.

"If you can score on those first drives of each half, they're meaningful," offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said. "It kind of sets the tone, sets the table for a lot of things."