Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Fox announcers Troy Aikman (left) and Joe Buck on the field prior to the game with the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Aikman calls Cowboys abandoning run 'mind-boggling' and 'bizarre'

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The Dallas Cowboys and their run game raced out to a 26-3 at the half against the Green Bay Packers. NFL analyst Troy Aikman, and former Cowboys quarterback, thought they’d continue to run the ball to protect the lead and take time of the clock. Instead, the Cowboys passed more than they ran and lost the lead and the game.

One former Cowboys player, NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, said he would be mad if he was current running back DeMarco Murray.  Aikman was just baffled at what he saw.

“They were about to run Green Bay right out of the stadium,” Aikman said, via theDallas Morning News. “The philosophy has always been you throw the ball early in games to build the lead, you run the ball late to win games. And I believe in that. That’s the way we did it in the ’90s. I think, by and large, that’s the way Jason Garrett would prefer to do it. But if there was ever a time that DeMarco Murray should have had 25 carries in a game, that was it. You’ve got a 23-point lead. And as it turns out, Eddie Lacy ran the ball almost twice as much as DeMarco Murray in the second half of that ballgame, which is pretty mind-boggling. It was as bizarre a loss as I’ve ever witnessed.”

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