On October 2, 2016 the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers went head to head. In their match up against the 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys totaled 201 yards on the ground on just 36 carries for a 5.58 yards per carry average. Even prior to the injury to elite linebacker Navorro Bowman, the Cowboys had rushed for 79 yards on 17 carries for a 4.6 yard average. It really didn’t matter what the 49ers tried, there was no stopping the Dallas rushing attack.
According to Sid Vijay and USA today it also didn’t matter that the Cowboys were without their starting left tackle and guard for the game. One of the key reasons was the stability brought by Ronald Leary stepping up as the new starting left guard. Leary is a starting caliber guard in this league and his consistency was key to powering the running attack.
At the end of the game the final score was 24 to 17 meaning the Cowboys won and the 49ers took an L.
Vijay, Sid. “See How Ron Leary Immediately Improved the Cowboys O-Line.”USA Today. Gannett, 5 Oct. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.