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The Murray Effect
Posted By David Willow On Nov 18 2011 @ 4:09 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
It may not seem like it, but this divisional game between the Cowboys and the Redskins could have huge repercussions in who wins he division. With the Giants now only a game ahead of Dallas with a much tougher schedule, with Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Green Bay, coming up before they face the Cowboys in week 14.
The Redskins have just been unable to get things to come together, with players like Leonard Hankerson showing great promise last week only to go in injured reserve. This, to compliment the cavalcade of running backs and the seemingly Jekyll and Hyde nature that Mike Shanahan has displayed in picking who will start his backfield, as well as at the quarterback position, which has led the team in a downward spiral.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, have been able to stifle their decent by riding on the success of rookie DeMarco Murray. Jason Garrett seems to have finally submitted to idea of running the ball, which has given balance to not only the offense, but to Tony Romo. The Murray effect has taken pressure off of Romo is many ways, with the most important being that the game doesn’t rest solely on his arm. The Cowboys now have the ability to maintain a lead in a game and go into clock killing mode by staying on the ground, a quality the team has lacked since Garrett has been with the team. It should also be noted that Murray is a superior blocker to prior starter Felix Jones, who may be making his return to the field this week.
The return of Felix Jones could actually be a boon to the Cowboys, as he showed early in his Cowboy career, to be a good return man. The team has lacked a good return man and with Jones taking less carries could expose his explosive abilities in this area, which would also take pressure off of Dez Bryant to handle return duties.
Going into Landover, Jason Garrett should be looking to keep the Cowboys focused, because even though their schedule may be soft as compared to other teams, the Redskins will not be easily run over. Grossman played well against Dallas last season, going for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Cowboy offense seems to have come together though, and the balance that Murray has brought to the team makes them a formidable team in the NFC. Edge goes to the Cowboys.
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