Broncos expect Cowboys to run

By FRANK SCHWAB THE GAZETTE Updated: November 23, 2005 at 12:00 am • Published: November 23, 2005
ENGLEWOOD - Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer looked at the Dallas Cowboys on tape this week and saw something familiar. “They’re very good at running the ball,” Coyer said.
“They have a very good offensive line and their backs are downhill guys. And then you’ve got the threat when they run the ball of big-time plays. In other words, they’re very similar to us.” The Broncos (8-2) have used Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell in a tailback rotation all season. Since Julius Jones came back from an ankle injury, he has split carries with Marion Barber III for the Cowboys (7-3). Jones had 21 carries last week and Barber had 15. The Broncos expect the Cowboys to try to win by running the ball. Atlanta is first in the NFL with 348 rushing attempts, Dallas is second with 347 and Denver is third with 343, so a national audience can expect a physical game today. “They’re going to come after you,” Coyer said about Dallas’ running game. “They have a commitment to that. They’re similar to our offense in their commitment.” Bell update Bell, who is listed as questionable on the injury report with a bruised chest, practiced again on Wednesday and insisted he will play today. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan maintained his wait-and-see approach. “We’ll see how he feels before the game,” Shanahan said. “It’s too early to say right now.” Homecoming Broncos rookie cornerback Darrent Williams, who grew up in Fort Worth, will get a chance today to play in front of about 100 family and friends against the team he grew up rooting for. “I always wanted to play for the Cowboys growing up, it was one of my childhood dreams,” Williams said. “To play in Texas Stadium, it’s going to be fun. A lot of emotions going on.” Bell, who also grew up a Cowboys fan, might have been a Cowboy but Broncos took him two picks before Dallas’ second-round selection in last year’s draft. Dallas selected Jones instead. “I studied Tatum very closely coming out of college and we actually had him down here to Dallas and everything and I think he’s done a good job for them,” Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or fschwab@gazette.com
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