The Dallas Cowboys, at times, can have one of the most explosive offenses in all of football. As of late, DeMarco Murray has found his place in the offense.
On a day that featured yet another episode of Tony Romo being Tony Romo, Murray managed to quietly have yet another good outing for the Cowboys. Murray has all of the qualities of an elite NFL running back and in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers Murray shined once again. The only knock against Murray has been his inability to avoid the injury bug but it appears that the former Oklahoma Sooner has finally worked his way past those old demons.
Murray had 18 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown. Despite the loss, the Cowboys’ are going to need this type of production going forward if they expect to win their last two games of the season and make the playoffs. Murray needs to be a focal point going forward to take some of the pressure away from Romo. A balanced offensive attack gives the Cowboys its best chance to limit the amount of possessions the other team has and helps them protect their defense.
Just 23 yards stands between Murray and a 1,000-yard season. Murray has 977 yards on the year and will most likely go over the 1,000 yard mark for the year during either next weeks’ game against the Washington Redskins or against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. The Redskins and Eagles have the 16th and 17th ranked run defense in the NFL. With the Redskins falling apart at the seams, it seems likely that Murray will eclipse the 1,000-yard mark during next weeks’ trip to FedEx field. The next two games are going to tell us a lot about the Cowboys, which feature two teams that the Cowboys have already beaten this year. However, with the Cowboys’ nothing is ever guaranteed to go in the manner we think it will go.