News: Fox: Cowboys need to cut losses against run

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    Cowboys need to cut losses against run
    Matt Mosley

    IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears didn't hesitate when asked for an assessment of how the defense played against the run the past two games.

    "Terrible," he said Wednesday at Valley Ranch.

    It's a pretty apt description for a rush defense that was ranked No. 1 in the NFL after holding teams to an average of 69 yards over the first six games. And it's not like the Cowboys had lucked into that ranking. They had success against teams such as the Jets and 49ers, who pride themselves in running the ball.

    Eagles running back LeSean McCoy gashed them two weeks ago for 185 yards. The Cowboys lost inside linebacker Sean Lee to a dislocated wrist in the first half of that game, but McCoy was already gaining huge chunks of yardage before Lee’s injury. The most disturbing sign came the following week against a Seattle offense that was ranked 31st in the league in rushing. Running behind a much-maligned offensive line, Marshawn Lynch ripped off 135 yards in a 23-13 loss to the Cowboys...

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