Emmitt: Run Will be Key to Cowboys' Resurgence

Emmitt Smith believes a continued commitment to the run is key to the Cowboys' playoff hopes

The NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith believes his old team is capable of returning to the mountain top of the sport, if only they continue to commit to the run as they did in the 31-7 win over the Rams.

Of 59 offensive plays, the Cowboys ran it 34 times for 193 yards, 175 of those coming from starter DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo benefitted from the dominance of the run, of course, going 17 of 24 pass for 210 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

I think that’s the balance that’s needed,” Smith said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I think that’s the tradition that the Cowboys have established throughout the history of the organization. You go back to Tom Landry, who used to run the ball between [Tony] Dorsett and [Robert] Newhouse and Calvin Hill and all the way back. You know what we did in the 90s. All of those teams produced championship seasons."

“I expect this team here to do the same if we’re able to establish the run in the way that I expect it to be established,” said Smith.

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