Tony Romo and Jason Garrett have said it several times, the passing game is more effective if they can run the ball effectively. We've seen it since 1960 in Dallas, we're known for our 3-back sets, Pro-Bowl tailbacks and powerful fullbacks.
Keep Tony Romo under 30 passing attempts and you probably win.
I did a comparison between Aikman and Romo again and found some pretty convincing stats...
1993 - Troy Aikman started all 3 home games vs the same bitter division rivals - Philly, NY and Washington. He was 3-0 and had 44 completions in the 3 games; 5 TD's, 0 interceptions and in all 3 games his QB rating was 105 or higher.
2012 - Tony Romo got behind early in the home game against the Giants and the running game could not bail him out, Tony actually completed 36 passes almost as many as Troy completed in 3 games.
How important is a running game? I think most of us remember how good Emmitt Smith was in 1993, it made Troy and the passing game extremely effective. Remember how good Romo looked in 2009? MBIII and Felix were pretty effective then weren't they?
It's time for Callahan's group to get the job done in the 2nd half of the season. I've heard all the complaints against the OL, the reality is, none of them have been really that good. Those Cowboys in 1993 didn't have Larry Allen yet but they were dominant at every position, there was no weakness. I've seen how good Tyron Smith can be, I've seen Free, Costa and Bernadeau show up in certain games.
This team needs to show the world once again that the Cowboys can dominate on the ground.
In case you were wondering... Emmitt ran for 442 yards and 3 TD's in those 3 games... time to DOMINATE AGAIN.