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    Rams-Cowboys: The breakdown

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Oct. 19 2008
    When the Rams run the ball

    Another tough challenge for Steven Jackson & Co. Dallas comes to town with the
    NFL's seventh-ranked rush defense. The Cowboys have the speed at linebacker to
    make it tough to get outside, and the size up front to make life difficult
    between the tackles. One of the key matchups will be Rams center Nick Leckey
    against Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff. This is the first 3-4 front the Rams
    have faced in the regular-season, so Leckey will have the underrated Ratliff
    over him all day. If Leckey can't neutralize Ratliff, who uses quickness and
    leverage to his advantage, Jackson won't have much running room inside.

    EDGE: Cowboys

    * * * * * * *

    When the Cowboys run the ball

    With speedster Felix Jones out with a hamstring injury, the Rams will see a
    steady dose of Marion Barber all day long. Don't be surprised to see Barber
    approach his career high of 28 carries Sunday. Barber enters the game ranked
    seventh in the NFL in rushing (440 yards) and third in yards from scrimmage
    (674). "The guy runs to hurt people," Rams coach Jim Haslett said. "I mean, he
    runs hard." A powerful, relentless runner, Barber also is a threat as a pass
    catcher and a determined blocker. The danger for the Rams is getting worn down
    as the game progresses, and pushed around by the Cowboys' big, physical
    offensive line.

    EDGE: Cowboys

    * * * * * * *

    When the Rams pass the ball

    With Terence Newman out with an abdomen injury and Adam (Pacman) Jones serving
    a league suspension, the Cowboys are paper thin at cornerback. Anthony Henry is
    a solid, productive veteran at one corner. But rookies Mike Jenkins (starter)
    and Orlando Scandrick (nickel) will be counted on at the other corner spots.
    Safeties Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams are big hitters, but can be liabilities in
    coverage. So there could be opportunities here for St. Louis, if the Rams can
    protect quarterback Marc Bulger. The Cowboys are tied for sixth in the NFL with
    15 sacks, and usually rely on outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis
    for pressure, without much blitzing.

    EVEN

    * * * * * * *

    When the Cowboys pass the ball

    No matter who's at quarterback for Dallas, the Rams will be hard-pressed to
    cover all of the Cowboys' receiving threats. Any plans to double-team Terrell
    Owens were dampened by Tuesday's trade with Detroit for wide receiver Roy
    Williams. He's expected to be on the field for 15 to 20 plays Sunday, giving
    the Cowboys another big target and playmaking threat. Tight end Jason Witten
    runs routes with the precision of a wide receiver and enters the game ranked
    third in the NFL in receptions (39) and fifth in reception yards (497). And
    don't forget wide receiver Patrick Crayton, who scorched the Rams for 184 yards
    and two TDs last year at Texas Stadium.

    EDGE: Cowboys


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    Re: Rams-Cowboys: The breakdown

    Geez that wasn't what I wanted to read this morning. I know they have the advantage, but thats kinda brutal.

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