- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Cardinals running back Beanie Well’s franchise-record 228-yard rushing performance against the Rams last week doesn’t exactly strike fear in the heart of the Dallas defense.
“I heard he ran the ball well,” defensive end Marcus Spears said, “but I watched DeMarco [Murray] run for 250-something on that same defense.”
Wells’ second 100-yard game of the season was at least impressive enough to get the Cowboys’ attention.
The Cowboys have played well against the run most of the season, including the last two weeks. But you don’t have to go too far back for evidence that this defense can get gashed.
The Cowboys allowed 185 rushing yards to Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, 135 to Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and 114 to Buffalo’s Fred Jackson over a three-week span. They don’t want to let Wells add his name to the list of backs to crack triple digits against the Dallas D, and they anticipate he’ll get plenty of opportunities.
“Guys play well,” Spears said. “If you don’t have an answer for them, they’ll hurt you. We’re not immune to that if we don’t go out there and prepare to play. Obviously, it makes you pay attention, because if I was a coach and I ran for 250 one week, I’d probably try to run it the next week.”