Dallas Cowboys: The Four Quarters (Week 8 Edition)

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THIRD QUARTER
Trimming the Bush…

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It may come as a surprise given that the Lions have not had a competent rushing threat since Barry Sanders retired in 1998, but as Reggie Bush goes, so goes Detroit.  In Detroit’s four wins, the Lions have averaged 114.5 yards per game on the ground.  In three of those wins (Bush did not play in the week three win over Washington), Bush has scored a touchdown in each game and has eclipsed 100 yards in either rushing or receiving one time each.  Conversely, in Detroit’s three losses, all of which Bush has participated in, they only average 63.3 yards on the ground and Bush has failed to score or crack 50 yards in either rushing or receiving.

Clearly the best way to suffocate the Lions potent offense is to make them one dimensional and remove the Bush threat.  Dallas is certainly capable of doing so, given that are in the top third of the league against the run.  They have shut down far better backs in Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy, holding both to only 55 yards rushing already this year.  To earn the win this week, they must strike up the band one more time against the Lions multi-purpose threat.

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