Red zone woes stopping offense

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys lack of efficiency in the red zone was a big problem Monday night against Washington and has been an issue this season.

The Cowboys have scored touchdowns on three of 10 red-zone drives in three games and went 0-for-3 against the Redskins, which is why Dan Bailey was needed to kick six field goals for the win. Only Jacksonville (0-for-1) and Tampa Bay (3-for-11) have worse percentages inside the opponents’ 20 this year.

“Obviously we’re happy with the win, but we’ve got to find a way to score touchdowns down there,” Jason Witten said after the game. “They’re a good defense in that area, but we’ve just got to find a way. That’s what good teams do.”

The Cowboys have had 30 red-zone snaps this season and have run the ball 14 times and thrown it 16. Jason Garrett loves to use the shotgun in the red zone. Five of the 10 snaps Sunday inside the red zone came out of the shotgun. For the season they have 15 shotgun snaps that deep.

Good red-zone teams run the ball into the end zone. In 2007, the Cowboys scored touchdowns on 30-of-56 possessions down deep. In 2008-09, they converted touchdowns on 52 of 94 possessions. Last year they were a little bit better, scoring on 28 of 47 possessions.

“Sometimes you’ve got to make a play,” quarterback Tony Romo said after the game. “We had some chances. It’s tough. Everything’s constricted . We’ve got to be able to do some things a little better.”