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By Jonathan Bales

Cowboys used running game the right way vs Bengals

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At NBC, I explained why the Cowboys used the running game the right way in Week 14 despite their low YPC.

On Sunday, the Cowboys showed really poor rushing efficiency in terms of YPC, averaging only 2.04 YPC. However, nine of the Cowboys’ 24 rushes came in short-yardage situations with three or fewer yards needed for a first down. Another run—the last offensive play of the game—was basically used to set up the game-winning field goal, and another was a botched end-around that lost 11 yards.

Most important, Jason Garrett utilized the running game differently in Week 14. Instead of rushing often on early downs to try to set up “manageable” third downs, the ‘Boys rushed when they should—in short-yardage situations and on third down. On 1st and 10, the Cowboys passed the ball 16 out of 27 plays; that 59.3 percent pass rate well above the league-wide 48.1 percent pass rate on 1st and 10.

Read the rest at NBC.

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