Cowboys: Week 8 – Five Things

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Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) is pushed out of bounds by New York Giants strong safety

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(22) in the first half during the NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time…wait, not that Run DMC.

Running back Darren McFadden showed last week against the Giants that he still has something left in the tank as a running back. The run game for the Cowboys has not been the best this season, but if McFadden can continue to run like he did last week, this could change quickly.

McFadden ran with purpose, had good vision, and gashed the defense when he had the chance. All good signs for the Cowboys going forward. McFadden ran for 152 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.

This was by far the best showing from the Cowboys. If the Cowboys can rely on their run game as the weeks go by, when Tony Romo returns it will make this team so much stronger than it was at the start of the season.

The offensive line is playing much better over the last few weeks, and if it can continue to mesh and get better, the running game and passing game will get better as well. It isn’t that the offensive line is completely where it needs to be, but after the insertion of guard La’el Collins the line has gotten better in both pass protection and run blocking.

Getting Darren McFadden running early and often will take pressure off of Matt Cassel and keep the Seahawks defense off balance and allow more passes over the top as they push their way down into the box. Unlike weeks prior, Cassel has the ability to throw deep passes and make defenses pay for stacking the box. This will also help the running game and should allow the offense to operate much smoother than it has.

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