Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/20/12

The Dallas Cowboys Running game has been below average over the past three season. Last year Felix Jones gained a lot of weight to become more durable. The problem is he also lost his explosiveness and that is why the Cowboys drafted him in the first round.  The reason why most people believed the Cowboys a threat to win the NFC East last year is Demarco Murray. The first game he stared, Murray rushed 25 times for 253 yards. Now that game was vs. the Rams but still very scary numbers for a rookie. The next week he rushed the ball only 8 times and the Cowboys got blown out. Jason Garret learned that if the Cowboys were going to win football games Murray need more touches. The next four games Murray had over 20 carries and the Cowboys won every game. Arizona was a very different story. With only 12 carries the Cowboys lost in overtime and Jason learned again that he must give the ball to Murray if they wanted to win. Murray got hurt vs. the Giants but already had 5 carries for 15 yards. When you look back on there are some telling numbers about this teams running game.

The Cowboys rushed for only five touchdowns all season long. Cam Newton had 14.   In games the Cowboys won, Murray has 112 Rushing attempts. In games he lost he had 42. They key to this football team is to establish the running game. Yes Jason Witten is great. Just think of how good they would be if the linebackers had to respect the run.  However that becomes more difficult when all you can do is throw the football.  What if the safeties have to go into the box and let Dez Bryant have one on one coverage?  The Cowboys can win games with their passing game however if they want to win the NFC East and Super Bowl then need to run the ball.


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