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.