Cowboys short game works

September, 15, 2010
9/15/10
3:52
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IRVING -- In the 2009 season the Cowboys finished with the fourth-best rushing attack on third and short. The Cowboys converted 66.7 percent of their third-and-short plays.

The problem is starting running back Marion Barber converted just 58.8 percent of his short yardage plays on third and fourth downs.

Out of 17 carries, Barber had just 10 first downs on those plays.

Sunday night vs. the Redskins, the Cowboys converted three of four short yardage plays. Barber gained three yards on a third-and-one and three more yards on a second-and-two.

"I thought it was pretty good," running backs coach Skip Peete said. "You get four chances to get a first down and it was pretty good that we got three of them."

Tashard Choice went two-of-three on short yardage and Felix Jones didn't have any opportunities.

Overall, the Cowboys rushed for 103 yards averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Dating back to last season, the Cowboys rushed over 100 yards the last five games.

Barber and Jones each had eight carries and combined they rushed for 77 yards.

Peete said he wasn't sure going forward how the carries would be distributed.

"For that one particular game," Peete said. "Each game will be different. They might get more games than the others, well see how it happens and how it unfolds."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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