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November 29, 2010

Cowboys, Colts have similar weaknesses

Although it seems impossible, the Colts have a rushing game that makes the Cowboys not look quite as inept as they have been.

Indianapolis is 30th in the 32-team league in rushing with 82.6 yards per game. The Cowboys are 27th with 89.4 yards per game.

The Colts, however, have an excuse. Their three primary backs -- Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Mike Hart -- have missed five games each because of injuries. At times, the Colts have had to use fourth back Javarris James.

Although they have had nicks and bruises, Felix Jones and Marion Barber has played in all 11 games.

On defense, it's more of the same. The Cowboys again  have a chance to establish a running game against a poorly-performing defense. In recent weeks, the Cowboys have gone against Detroit and Jacksonville, each of whom was 20th or lower in rushing defense.

The Cowboys managed only 50 yards against the Jaguars, but have in the last two weeks managed to rush for more than 100.

But they had 134 yards against the Lions, thanks for 40 yards from Jon Kitna. Then they had 144 yards against the Saints, although 60 of those came from Miles Austin.

So perhaps this week, the Cowboys will make sure to have reverses and bootlegs in the game plan because they’ve had exactly one running back -- Felix Jones -- gain more than 100 yards in a game this year.

-- Jan Hubbard

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