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Posted By David Willow On Nov 7 2011 @ 12:06 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
It was a game the Cowboys were supposed to win and they did, not in any spectacular shootout, but on the ground and behind the legs of DeMarco Murray.
After three games Murray is averaging 8.47 YPC and 170 total yards following this week’s 22 carries for 139 yards and 4 receptions for 47 yards performance against a more stout Seattle run D. He has certainly made a case for an increased role when Felix Jones is healthy if not the feature back role altogether. Murray also brings a balance to the offense and probably most importantly, he takes pressure off of Tony Romo to force throws. Ever since Romo has taken over as the starting quarterback he has not had a solid every down back to rely on and Murray is looking more and more like that guy.
The big knock on Murray coming out of college was his injury history, which should still be a legitimate concern. However, one of things coaches do when players come into the NFL is they teach them how to not injure themselves, and fan should hope that is what Dallas is doing. If some don’t recall, the last running back that came out of Oklahoma had the injury prone tag as well (Adrian Peterson) and he hasn’t been an oft injured player in the NFL. That’s not to make a comparison of the two back’s abilities, as Peterson is established and considered the by many to be the best in the league, but rather to compare their abilities to stay healthy based on a change of running style.
The Cowboys also lost Miles Austin, again, to a hamstring injury in the game, but the ascension of Laurent Robinson should help to ease the loss. Robinson has a hold on the number 3 wide receiver position and will fill the void if Austin’s hamstring is another one of the multi-week variety.
The Cowboys will get Buffalo at home this next week, and after a loss to their division rival Jets they will be thirsty for a win to keep them in the hunt for the playoffs. It will also be a pivotal game for the Cowboys who will be in the same position of needing to keep pace for any chance at a playoff berth.
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