Cowboys invite officials to practice to help with their problem

On pace to nearly set an NFL record for penalties and yardage marked off by penalties, the Dallas Cowboys think they’ve come up with a solution.

They’ve begun practicing with officials monitoring the action. To that end, a mix of NFL and college officials worked Thursday’s practice, according to Clarence Hill of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

If a penalty is called on a play, the team runs the play again. The Cowboys are tops in the league, with 80.9 yards marched off against them each game and 9.8 penalties per game, second most in the league. Per Hill, they’re on pace for 157 penalties for 1,293 yards and only the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs (158 for 1,304) were worse.

We’ll see if it makes a bit of difference when the New York Giants visit. The Cowboys face a must-win. Kind of like last Sunday.

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