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DeMarco Murray Crucial to Dallas Cowboys’ Playoff Hopes

DeMarco Murray-Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have what it takes to be a playoff powerhouse.

They have an elite receiver with complementary wide outs, bona-fide stars on defense, and a capable quarterback under center. They have the money, the prestige and the star on the side of their helmet, and now they have a rushing attack that balances out the entire team.

It is not much of a surprise to see DeMarco Murray have success in the Cowboys backfield. It was just two seasons ago that he burst onto the scene and literally ripped the starting job away from the oft-injured Felix Jones. It was a phenomenal first season for the talented back, but an injury plagued 2012 has left him as the forgotten man among NFL running backs.

On Sunday, Murray did what he could to remind everyone of the type of runner he can be.

Getting fed the ball 26 times, Murray took advantage, running for 175 yards and touchdown against a very good St. Louis Rams defense. His production on the ground was the perfect complement to the passing attack, opening the field and giving Tony Romo the freedom to throw three touchdowns on just 17 completions.

Murray also caught three passes for 26 yards to add to his total, putting him over 200 all-purpose yards on the day. It may be unrealistic to expect this type of production from the 219-pound back, but if he is able to remain productive this season he could be the key to the Cowboys’ postseason hopes.

Romo is going to make plays through the air and Dez Bryant is going to make phenomenal catches for this offense, but it is Murray that can provide the balance the Cowboys need to be a serious contender in the NFC East.

If Murray can stay healthy and Dallas continues to be this balanced on offense and defense, they will be trouble for any team in the league on a week-to-week basis.

Cowboys fans have been insufferable since the beginning of time. Now they have the team to back it up.

Jeff Everette covers the Miami Dolphins, for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia or join his circles on Google.