The Dallas Cowboys set a career low in rushing on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, who have the 11th ranked run defense in the league. The Cowboys rushed nine times total for 36 yards, which includes a scramble from quarterback Tony Romo.
“You’d certainly like to have more balance than that, obviously,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’ll keep striving for that. We did run the ball a little bit fairly well early on. DeMarco looked like he was going to have a good day, but as it wore on there were some minus runs that happened that got us behind the sticks a little bit. Hard for us to get into a rhythm.”
DeMarco Murray, who was returning from a knee sprain, rushed four times for 31 yards. Murray had complained about the lack of balance on offense after the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season. In that game he rushed 12 times for 25 yards and the Cowboys had a total of 37 yards rushing. He wasn’t ready to complain this time.
“Yeah, yeah, but hey we won and we were effective in the passing game,” Murray said.
Quarterback Tony Romo tried to explain the reasoning.
“A few times they got us,” Romo said. “We had called a few more runs but it was difficult with the way, their defense is predicated on that, showing you a safety down or a blitz look and then, boom, getting out. It makes it difficult if you have a couple of that stuff called.”