How the Lions Offense Can Run Successfully on the Cowboys D

December 31, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the Detroit Lions visit Arlington to face off with the Dallas Cowboys, one of the keys to the elusive playoff victory is being able to run the football. 
I know, I know. Today's NFL is all about quarterbacks and the passing offense. It's been drummed into our heads as often as "Let it Go" is to the parents of a six-year-old girl. Make no mistake, Matthew Stafford and his receivers will play a major role in the outcome.
Yet the Lions have a great opportunity to attack the Cowboys on the ground. This plan of attack provides Detroit many benefits that just might carry it to the upset victory.
On the surface, Dallas' run defense doesn't look too shabby. The Cowboys finished eighth in rushing yards per game at 103.1, which is pretty impressive. 
A deeper look reveals more vulnerability. Per Team Rankings, the Cowboys ranked just 17th in yards per carry allowed. Furthermore, Dallas allowed more rushing touchdowns (18) than any team except the Atlanta Falcon...

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