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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Dallas' D eager to contain Chris Johnson

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys had the NFL’s longest active streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher before their last game.

Houston’s Arian Foster was the first back to get 100 yards against the Cowboys since a couple of Ravens did it in the disastrous closing of Texas Stadium. The Cowboys held backs under 100 yards for 19 consecutive games.

Now it’s time to start another streak. It doesn’t matter that they’re facing the NFL’s defending rushing champion.

The Dallas defense looks forward to the challenge of containing 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson.

“As a linebacker, you definitely invite this type of game because it’s like you against the other team,” Bradie James said. “It’s mano-a-mano. We have to stop the run, that’s what they do.”

The Cowboys obviously won’t share any scheme secrets. But the key to containing is a pretty simple concept.

“He’s too fast to have one guy tackle him and take him down,” DeMarcus Ware said. “I think it’s going to take all 11 guys, corralling him, sort of like corralling a bull in a ring. When you just have one guy, it’s over. You’ve got to have guys surrounding him and taking him down.”