Getting Closer to Sweetness

Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith is just 304 yards from surpassing Walter Payton's all-time NFL rushing record.

During the 2002 campaign, and in his 13th NFL season, Smith is on target to overtake Walter Payton for number one on the all-time rushing list. Averaging 59 yards per game while sharing carries with RB Troy Hambrick, Smith is on pace to top the list November 17th in Indianapolis versus the Colts.

In the coming weeks, Dallas will be playing two of the more stingy run defenses in the NFL. October 6th the New York Giants and their 7th ranked rush defense will come to Dallas. On October 13th Dallas will take on the 4th ranked rushing defense when they take on the Carolina Panthers in Dallas. Fortunately for Smith's sake, the Cowboys will play against a few weak run defenses after the October 13th match up with Carolina.

Their next three games will be played against the 14th, 21st, and last ranked rush defenses being Arizona, Detroit, and Seattle respectively. If Smith does not break the record by November 3rd versus Detroit, he is going to have to wait two weeks before his next shot, as Dallas has their bye week between their game with Detroit and Indianapolis.

While Smith is going to break the record barring some unforeseen incident, nothing will be taken away from Payton who has held the record since the 1984 season. Payton set the current rushing record of 16,726 yards in fewer games, with less rushing attempts.


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