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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cowboys keep Steven Jackson in check

By Todd Archer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sometimes statistics lie.

The Dallas Cowboys allowed a season-high 70 yards on the ground to St. Louis’ Steven Jackson, but Sunday’s game might have been their best run defense of the season.

Jackson had 40 of his yards on one second-quarter carry and followed that up with a 6-yard touchdown run, but he was largely kept in check the entire game.

“We knew they were going to try to run the ball,” safety Abram Elam said. “They have one of the best backs in the league and we knew we had to rise up and I think we did that.”

The last time the Cowboys saw Jackson was in 2008, when he ran for 160 yards in a 34-14 defeat of Dallas at St. Louis.

Jackson has long made his feelings known that he was disappointed the Cowboys did not draft him in 2004 and wanted to prove a point. The Cowboys made their point Sunday, cornering him for most of the game, especially between the tackles where Jay Ratliff, Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman ate up space.

Brooking could not get the 40-yard run out of his mind.

“We wanted to stop them for 60 minutes and we let him get away on a couple of runs, which is kind of disappointing,” Brooking said. “But all in all I think we did a good job on him.”