Inching closer

After a 59-yard rushing performance versus one of the NFL's best run defenses, Emmitt Smith is just 175 yards from breaking Walter Payton's career rushing record.

Emmitt Smith surpassed Payton's career rushing attempts record earlier this season and now has his sights set on the most important individual record a running back can hold.

With just 175 yards until setting the new rushing record, it seems likely he will accomplish this feat on Sunday, November 3rd in Detroit versus the Lions. Smith may have a chance to set the record a game earlier. Next week, the Cowboys will take on the Arizona Cardinals, on Sunday night football. The Cardinals have a respectable run defense. After this, they head back home to Dallas to take on the league's second worse run defense in the Seattle Seahawks.

Last week, on Monday night, a committee running attack from the San Francisco 49ers burned the Seattle Seahawks. Kevan Barlow, and Garrison Hearst among others contributed to the 161 yards allowed by the Seattle defense, not to mention a 5.2 yards rushing average allowed.

If Emmitt cannot set the new record by the game versus Seattle chances are he is going to set the record on the road, their next two games are at Detroit and at Indianapolis.

Last weekend, in the Cowboys 14-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Smith contributed on the ground with 13 carries for 59 yards and a long run of 18. While Smith's rushing attempts are down this year from years in past, his yards per carry average is still at a respectable 4.3 per attempt.

Dallas is just a half game out of first place in the NFC East division with a record of 3-3, behind the 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles.

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