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The rush­ing in av­er­age Cow­boys (145.3 per are carry yards) fourth (5.75). and in first Un­der de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Romeo Cren­nel, the Tex­ans have played good run de­fense, rank­ing ninth (94.3), in­clud­ing 13th (4.32) in av­er­age per carry. Ezekiel El­liott has 426 yards, by far the most in the league. His 5.8-yard av­er­age a carry is out­stand­tack­les ing. He can run be­tween Ty­ron Smith and La’el Collins, or he can bounce out­side. He’s in­stinc­tive, has a knack for find­ing holes and has ex­cep­tional ac­cel­er­a­tion. At 228, he’s pow­er­ful, too. He breaks tack­les and gets a lot of yards af­ter the ini­tial hit. In the last two games, the Tex­ans have al­lowed 77.5 yards and 3.5 a carry against the Gi­ants and Colts. Nose tackle D.J. Reader has to tie up a cen­ter and guard to al­low in­side lineback­ers Be­nardrick McKin­ney and Zach Cun­ning­ham to make a lot of tack­les.


Af­ter the first two games, the Tex­ans ranked first in rush­ing. Af­ter their mea­ger per­for­mance in the last two games, they’ve plunged to ninth. The run block­ing has been medi­ocre to bad. There’s no con­sis­tency. They have no speed to get out­side. If there are no holes, the backs can’t make them. Against the Gi­ants yards Wat­son ries. yards the run, on a and carry. rank­ing con­trib­uted 54 Colts, car­ries, him, Dal­las 12th the the a has 77 (97.8 Tex­ans 3.3 Tex­ans yards been av­er­age. yards). ran on av­er­aged solid 11 for The De­shaun carWithout against 178 2.3 Cow­boys fifth. Lineback­ers al­low 3.6 Jay­lon yards Smith a carry, (34) which and is Leighton ing Van­der La­mar Esch Miller (30) couldn’t are their fin­ish lead­tack­lers. against the Colts be­cause of a chest in­jury. He was lim­ited in prac­tice. Al­fred Blue comes off the bench. The Tex­ans need to use the pass to set up the run. The Cow­boys will be de­ter­mined to stop the run on first down and put Wat­sec­ond-and-long son in sit­u­a­tions.

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