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January 30, 2013

Ravens defensive coordinator says they underestimated the Cowboys' run game in Week 6

The Cowboys ran for the fewest yards in a 16-game season in their history, averaging 79.1 yards per game. Imagine if they hadn't played Baltimore.

In a Week 6 game against the Ravens, Dallas gained 481 yards, including 227 rushing yards. It was 17.9 percent of the Cowboys' total rushing yards for the season. DeMarco Murray ran for 93 yards on 14 carries before injuring his foot. Felix Jones had 92 yards on 18 carries before he, too, was sidelined. Phillip Tanner added 31 yards on nine carries, and Lance Dunbar's first career carry went for 11 yards.

Though Baltimore won 31-29, it was the most rushing yards the Ravens have surrendered in their history.

“We kind of got caught in that [Dallas] game a little bit,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “We may have underestimated their running game, too. We didn’t play it particularly well. We didn’t coach it very well. After that game, we said, ‘Look, we’ve got a couple of guys out. How are we going to do this? What can these guys do? Let’s put them in the best possible position. Let’s not make a guy do something he can’t do.’ If a guy can’t blitz, he can’t blitz. If he’s not a great coverage guy, then don’t put him on their No. 1 tight end. Things like that, we really had to sit down as a staff and say, ‘We can’t just go out there and call defenses and expect them to work. We need to fine tune this a little more.’”

-- Charean Williams


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