Seattle Seahawks should be able to run on Dallas


Watching the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants this afternoon and one thing is fairly clear: Dallas isn’t particularly good at stopping the run. The Seattle Seahawks should be able to establish their running game against that Dallas defense next week.

The Giants have been able to run the ball with some success on almost every drive so far. In their touchdown drive in the second quarter, they had runs of 7, 9, 10, 9,and 15 yards. That’s a lot of yards being given up.

At halftime, the Giants already have 84 rushing yards. They also haven’t put much effort into running the football. They only have 13 carries, which means they’re averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Why they’ve continue to pass the ball instead of using what is working is a mystery.

The Cowboys are built to rush the passer. They defensive line is full of guys with quickness, but lack the ability to hold up at the point of attack against the run. Middle linebacker Sean Lee might be the only pure run stuffer on this defense.

Statistically, the Cowboys are an average defensive team at stopping the run. They came into today’s game giving up 3.9 yards per carry, which is 16th in the league. The 6 rushing TDs given up is 22nd in the league. Neither of those numbers are bad, but they certainly aren’t good either.

And it isn’t as if the Giants are a good running football team either. They average only 3.6 yards per carry which is a dismal 29th in the NFL.Yet here they are having all this success running the ball against Dallas.

New York doesn’t have a Marshawn Lynch back there toting the rock. They don’t have a QB like Russell Wilson that can keep it on the read option and get outside for a huge gain.

If the Giants can run on Dallas, the Seahawks should be able to run them over.

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