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Cowboys running game stuck in neutral since opener

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 5:02 am •  Published: October 11, 2012

Not including end-of-game or end-of-half situations the last two games, Dallas had negative yards on eight first-down rushing carries and no gain on two other such attempts. There was one stretch against Tampa Bay when the Cowboys lost yards on five consecutive first-down runs.

" We put ourselves in bad positions to where we couldn't be able to run the ball," Vickers said. "We've got to eliminate the self-inflicted wounds so we can do the things we want to do with our offense."

Garrett said penalties and negatives plays put the offense in the position of "trying to survive the drive instead of thriving, attacking."

Witten said the team has worked on the rushing game and that it was a "big part" of evaluations during the bye week.

Dallas plays Sunday at Baltimore, the first of four road games the next five weeks. The Ravens are coming off a 9-6 win at Kansas City, which ran 50 times for 214 yards against them. But these still are the defensive-dominant Ravens, who have won 13 consecutive home games.

"They play with a demeanor and a relentlessness that we're all familiar with," Garrett said. "Kansas City did run the ball fairly well against them. They ran the ball a lot against them. Baltimore did a great job making the key plays when they needed to. Keeping that score down. ... They play great defense, they've always played great defense. We have our work cut out for us."


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