Five Things I'll Be Thinking About as I Watch the Cowboys Defense vs. 49ers

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4. Can the front 7 stuff the running game (Frank Gore) of SF?

The front 7, which is actually more like the front 12 if you include all the substitution players who are part of the front, played well against the Jets. Last years 4th ranked rushing attack was held to a meager 45 yards on 16 carries. It will difficult to match that kind of stinginess again this week.

I think the Jets have a better OL, but Gore is much more talented, elusive, and powerful than any of the Jets RBs. Gore is a competent receiver who will often try to sneak out of the backfield, but so is LT. I will be watching to see whether they can stay strong in the middle, and whether there is any major changes in the formations or personnel used in rushing situations. I would not be surprised to see Ryan use a 4-3(both Ratliff and Brent lined up at Tackle) occasionally.

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