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Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Predator is coming to Arlington

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- We're not getting into, "Should the Cowboys have drafted running back Steven Jackson back in 2004."

Jackson doesn't like the Cowboys because they didn't draft him. Get in line; Randy Moss didn't either. But Jackson will play today at Cowboys Stadium vs. the Cowboys.

In Jackson's lone appearance vs. the Cowboys, he rushed 25 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a stunning 34-14 victory over the Cowboys in 2008. Tony Romo missed the game with a broken pinkie.

The Jackson the Cowboys will see today is not in his prime, yet he did have his best game of the season last week vs. Green Bay, 96 yards on 18 carries in a loss. On the year, Jackson has been nicked up but he's rushed for 220 yards on 41 carries and one touchdown. He's rushed for at least a 1,000 yards every season except his rookie year.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan still believes Jackson is a threat in the run game.

"Unfortunately, he looks like he's back to being the predator he's always been," Ryan said. "He's a load. It's just me, but hell, if I was coaching offense, I would give him the ball 50 times. This guy is an unbelievable weapon. A great competitor, then I hear he doesn't like Dallas, too. That's great. We're going to have our hands full with the big man."