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Broncos’ McDaniels concerned with Cowboys’ run game

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

The Broncos know what they’re getting in the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.

They are getting the league’s No. 1 rushing team, averaging 193.7 yards per game on the ground. And they do it without pinwheels or sleight of hand. They do it behind one of the biggest offensive lines in the league.

“Some of the holes that are opened, not sure I’ll see the rest of the year,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said today. “There’s plays the back doesn’t get touched, he’s 25 yards into the secondary.”

The Broncos have the league’s No. 1 defense in fewest yards allowed after three games and the Broncos are the league’s top scoring defense as well.

McDaniels said today he expects the Cowboys to split carries between Tashard Choice and Marion Barber at running back. Felix Jones, who leads the league in yards per carry at 10.1, will not play because of a sprained knee.

Barber did not play this past Monday night against Carolina because of a thigh injury, but he has practiced this week and is expected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.

Barber has averaged 6.3 yards per carry behind the Cowboys’ mammoth line while Choice, a second-year back, has averaged 4.5.

The five Cowboys starters up front all weigh at least 307 pounds – left guard Kyle Kosier is the lightest at 307 – with four starters coming in at least 318.

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