Cowboys' running game was effective

October, 3, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lost amid the dreadful second-half collapse Sunday against Detroit was an effective job by the Cowboys’ offensive line in pass protection as well as in the running game.

Tony Romo was sacked only once by the Lions, and the Cowboys ran for 113 yards on 27 carries. Felix Jones had 57 yards on 16 carries. Tashard Choice added a season-high 39 yards on six carries.

While the fourth-and-goal blocking on the second series of the game was disappointing, the overall work was decent, especially when considering the praise that was lavished on Detroit’s defensive line, led by Ndamukong Suh, prior to the game. The Cowboys had particular success in their three-tight end package with Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett and John Phillips, who lined up most of the time at fullback.

It was the second straight game with more than 100 yards rushing after rushing for 109 combined in the first two contests. The Cowboys closed 2010 with eight straight 100-yard rushing games as a team last year.

“I thought we ran the ball pretty well in the second half, or we tried to run it,” Garrett said. “We did have the first drive coming out [in the second half] where I thought we had a pretty good mix. Then as we went forward I thought we ran the ball OK from some of those three-tight end sets we were using. The biggest thing is that we didn’t convert on third downs as much.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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