Friday, September 16, 2011
Cowboys need to stop Frank Gore
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING -- In the season opener, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore gained just 59 yards on 22 carries in the victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Gore is considered one of the top backs in the league. In his six seasons, Gore is third in the NFL among running backs with a 4.6 yards per carry average.
Now while he didn't perform well vs. the Seahawks, that had more to do with them stacking the line to stop the run. The Cowboys did stop the New York Jets running game in their Week 1 loss, holding them to a 2.8 average.
"I think it's outstanding and it has been outstanding the last couple of years," coach Jason Garrett said of the 49ers run game. "There's certainly a commitment to running the ball out there they have some young offensive linemen, who are big, strong and powerful guys and Frank Gore is really one of the elite runners in the NFL. Just been a very productive player for a long time."
Gore seems to have recovered from a hip injury that curtailed his 2010 season to 11 games. Gore hasn't rushed for 100 yards since getting 118 in a Week 8 victory over Denver last season.
"They will give him the ball and give him opportunities, no question about that," Garrett said. "We need to be ready to stop him."