Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar Find Their Groove
The Dallas Cowboys tied their largest Thanksgiving comeback since November 24, 1994, as they held the Oakland Raiders to just three points in the second half. The Cowboys ran 32 passing plays and 30 running plays against the Raiders. That’s what the experts call a balanced offense.
After the first half ended at 21-7, it would have been very easy for the Cowboys to pack it in and have yet another embarrassing letdown at home. Today was different, however. DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar shined in the Cowboys’ win, giving the Cowboys the one-two punch in the run game that they so desperately wanted.
Murray had 17 rushes for 63 yards and three touchdowns, while Dunbar had 12 rushes for 82 yards on the day. With the win against the Raiders, the Cowboys go to two games above .500 on the year and put themselves at 7-5 for the year. This is the first time the Cowboys have been more than one game above .500 for the first time this season.
Murray, who has been criticized heavily for being a liability at running back, was finally able to show off some of the things that made the Cowboys take a chance on him despite being injury-prone in college. Murray has all of the abilities to be an every-down back except for one — his durability.
Dunbar is the lightning to Murray’s thunder in that he is the much more explosive of the two backs in terms of breakaway speed. Dunbar galloped for a 45-yard run in the win against the Raiders. The Cowboys finally committed to the run Thursday evening, and it paid dividends. It also proved that if the Cowboys do struggle to pass the ball, the running game can be a reliable option for them moving forward.
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