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Dallas Cowboys Rushing Attack Needs to Improve

The are on a hot streak winning four in a row. They are coming off an impressive performance last Sunday in which they dismantled the Washington Football Team 56-14.

It seems that the Cowboys are peaking at the right time, the finally got back on track, and the is playing lights out consistently, forcing turnovers and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

However, if this team is going to play up to their full potential, they need to get the back on track.

During Dallas’s four-game win streak, they rank only 23rd in rush (36.9%). They have not rushed for 150 plus yards since week five against the . This was something they had accomplished four times in their first five games.

averaged four yards per carry against Washington in for the first time since week nine against the . Granted, he has been banged up for the majority of the second half of the season, Zeke needs to get back on track.

As a team since week 13, when they began their four-game winning streak, the Cowboys have a -8.0% success rate over average when running the ball on first down, not considering the direction of the run play, per sharpfootballstats.com.

Dallas has a horrible success rate over average when running over the left side of the line on first down play calls. The rates behind the garner a success rate over average of -33.0% and -17.0% when running behind the left .

These rates do improve when running over the right side. The success rate over average is 15.0% when running over the and 9.0% when running over the .

Dallas will need to improve upon these numbers to maintain a well-balanced and functioning offensive unit in the .

This week against the may be the perfect opportunity for this rush game to get back on track.

Arizona ranks 22nd in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (4.5). Arizona has surrendered more than 150 plus rushing yards in a game five times this season. ranks the Cardinals as the sixth-worst rushing defense in the NFL.

In six of their last eight games, they have recorded a team- rating of 60 or below.

With the passing offense getting back on track last week, it would be exciting to see Elliott and rip off some big runs and establish dominance on the ground, which fans became accustomed to in the first half of the season.

Kevin Rice
Kevin Rice
I'm a 32 year old life long Cowboys fan from New York. It's fun growing up in enemy territory. College basketball and March Madness fanatic. Lover of thrillers and comedies. Follow me on twitter @CowboysCC9

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Sparkman

The problem of the rushing attack rests on the offensive line. There will be no superbowl this year fans. There will be no superbowls until the offensive line is fixed. Sorry to say that the offensive line must be addressed in the next draft and free agency both. As referenced in the above article the immediate problem is on the left side of the line starting with the center, followed by the left guard, and the left tackel is a shadow of his former self.
The Cowboys must find a future probowl player for the left side in the first round of the draft. Free agency and or trades may fill other parts on the line.
The rushing attack is ineffective. Two deep safeties effectively discourages the emplowment of the wide receivers. That leaves the short passing game to running backs and tight ends. The Cowboys can’t run the ball against seven man fronts. THAT IS A PROBLEM to be addressede.

George Cortes

How much is Keller responsible for the bad running game ?

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