The Dallas Cowboys entered their Week 16 game against the Washington Redskins with a perfect record in games in which DeMarco Murray carried the ball at least 20 times. Dallas also entered that contest one week after abandoning the run with a 23-point lead at halftime. Although it took a three-and-out on all passes to start the second half to convince them, the Cowboys rode Murray to yet another win when it mattered most. Oh, and if you guessed that Murray got at least 20 carries against Washington, you get a gold star.
Dallas’ win over Washington to force a Week 17 NFC East title game against the Philadelphia Eagles was ugly — there’s just no other way to describe it. However, the Cowboys fought their urges to pass the ball with an eight-point lead at the half after the aforementioned three and out. Murray literally had to get in Jason Garrett’s face and remind him of the moronic disaster that plagued Dallas in a Week 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers in which Murray received seven second-half carries. But that tactic worked: Murray carried the ball 14 times in the second half while averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
What’s funny is a report surfaced before the game started that Jerry Jones already indicated he will fire Garrett and the entire coaching staff if the Cowboys don’t win the division. As incompetent as Garrett is as a coach and Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin are as coordinators, they all deserve to be fired anyway, but does it really matter? Jerry will just hire some other schmuck with no spine and no brains to roam the sidelines in 2014. And that last statement is pretty ironic considering Garrett graduated from Princeton.
But let’s be real — the Cowboys won’t beat the Eagles at home in Week 17. When it matters most, Garrett will revert to his trigger-happy ways and veto Callahan’s play-calls just like he did to start the second half against the Redskins. So get ready for a bunch of “five candidates to replace Garrett” lists because he’ll be gone soon and a new coach will come to Dallas and provide false hope for about six games and then we’ll be in the same boat two years from now. Oh, and merry Christmas.