Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

DeMarco Murray loves Cowboys’ 1-2 punch at running back


The Dallas Cowboys strung together a couple of wins to get move two games about .500. The Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders in part because of a solid run game from backs DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. Murray carried the ball 17 times for 63 yards and three touchdowns. Dunbar carried the ball 12 times for 82 yards, including a big 45-yard run.

Murray isn’t bemoaning someone coming in and splitting carries with him, he is loving the one-two punch the Cowboys have at running back now.

From ESPN Dallas:

“I love it, I love it,” Murray said of the one-two punch. “He’s a great back, and he deserves to play and get his touches. It’s a testament to [running backs coach] Gary Brown, who works us extremely hard. He puts us in great position to make plays, and I think that’s what he showed [Thursday].”

Dunbar agreed with Murray.

“I love it, too,” Dunbar said. “Our coach talks about it all the time, we should be unstoppable out of the backfield. Big powerful back and I’m a speed guy. Just wear and tear. He’s going to wear the defense down, and I’m going to come in and change it up and follow behind him.”

More importantly maybe, coach Jason Garrett was happy.

“It was probably one of the better running games we’ve had all year,” Garrett said. “And when you can do that, all of a sudden you’re getting some favorable matchups outside in the passing game. I thought once we got going on offense that Tony was outstanding. He completed a ton of balls in a row, starting with that drive right before the half. He really played well, and it all fits together.”

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  • SmartThinking

    Murray is another player who needs to protect the ball better when he runs into the open. I saw him carry the ball way outside his body twice in last night’s game. With the league’s tendencies towards stripping the ball from players protecting it a lot better than Murray did on the increase, it could potentially cost the Cowboys big if he doesn’t correct that problem.

    WinniNg and losing football games always comes down to doing the little things better than your opponents and Murray’s sloppy ball handling traits are an easy fix.

    Other than that, he ran like a locomotive through the Raiders’ interior line and looked like the Murray we all remember running for 235 yards a year or two back.

    Additionally, Dunbar is a very nice compliment to the Dallas backfield. He has a running style that is more choosy of which hole he hits.

    Both backs aren’t the swiftest of foot. But they both play with a chip on their shoulder and that’s really good to see in a Cowboy player for a change.