Five-star question: Can Cowboys limit Jets RBs?

September, 9, 2011

Columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor will kick off ESPN Dallas' weekly "Five-star question" series, where each of our writers answer one question pertaining to a key element of the Cowboys' upcoming game.

This week's question: Can Dallas hold the Jets under their 2010 rushing average per game?

The Jets ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing with 148.3 yards per game last season.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are a terrific 1-2 punch for the Jets, who averaged 33.4 attempts and 4.4 yards per carry last season. The idea is to remove the pressure from quarterback Mark Sanchez, allowing him to manage the game.

The best way to beat the Jets is slow down their "ground and pound" attack.

In their five regular-season game losses, the Jets averaged only 119.6 yards rushing per game.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.



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