The Cowboys running game busted out of the gate for 143 yards on 26 carries against the Giants in the season opener. They have had only 128 rushing yards on 53 attempts in the three games since. That is a 2.4 yards per carry average in the past three games, and a 42.7 yards per game average.
For the season, the Cowboys rank 29th in rushing.
"I think there a lot of different reasons," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We’ve talked about some of the pre-snap penalties that got us into some bad situations in a couple of games. We’ve had some minus runs, and there are some different reasons for that as well. Guys getting physically beaten up front or on the edges or wherever they need to be. We’ve played against some good run defending teams, where there has been a lot of movement up front. Frankly, we haven’t blocked as well as we need to, and we haven’t run as well as we need to. In order for us to be the offense we want to be, we want to be balanced. You’re not going to be able to run the ball well every week. Just look around at all the good offenses. They don’t do it [every week]. But you have to be able to do it better than we’ve been doing it. We’re working hard at doing it better."
The Ravens rank 20th against the run, allowing 118.4 yards per game. They allowed the Chiefs to run for 214 yards last week. But Baltimore, which had a long streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher at one point in the vaunted defense's resume, has allowed only 100-yard rusher. Jamaal Charles had 140 rushing yards on 30 carries last week. The Ravens held Trent Richardson, Stevan Ridley, LeSean McCoy and Benjarvis Green-Ellis under 100.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said the Cowboys shouldn't expect to get their running game healthy this week.
"They look can look and do whatever they want to do," Lewis said, "but they aint going to be what they think is going to be."
-- Charean Williams