The numbers seem to suggest that Cowboys return specialist KaVontae Turpin is due to house-call a punt return sometime soon.
The schedule suggests it might even happen the next time Dallas takes the field,
with an upcoming opponent who is particularly vulnerable to problems on both ends of their punts.
Cowboys players and coaches are enjoying their bye week and using the time
to recuperate before beginning Week 10 game prep in earnest.
But the Nov. 13 trip to Green Bay has been circled on the calendar since the day schedules were released.
And while much of the focus that day will be on Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy’s return to Lambeau Field,
the undrafted rookie Turpin is no doubt hoping he’ll be able to make a leap of his own by finally returning a punt to the end zone.
He did it in the preseason, and he’s come close this regular season.
Turpin is averaging 14.7 yards per punt return, placing him third leaguewide.
He’s one of just four players with three returns of 20 yards or more,
and he has the NFL’s second-longest punt return (52 yards) through eight weeks of play.
An extra week of rest may help him get over the hump. Goodness knows down time is not something Turpin is used to.