24 October 2011
When a winless team, who is without their starting QB, comes into your building, you are SUPPOSED to crush them. That is EXACTLY what happened yesterday and it was a much needed game for this team as the Cowboys had 11 consecutive “barn burners” going into yesterday.
Let’s start with the running game because that was probably the biggest difference in the game yesterday. I’ll admit that I didn’t have a lot of confidence in DeMarco Murray. I mean up until yesterday he really hadn’t show us much but what a day he had. Let me step away for that for one second and also congratulate Philip Tanner. Tanner carried the ball six times for 34 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It’s not close to what Murray did but its reason enough to believe in a Murray/Tanner 1-2 punch going forward. Tashard Choice should have returned to the locker room after the game to find his stuff moved out to the parking lot. He’s a waste, a complete waste and maybe via trade, Choice could be something positive in the end for the Cowboys.
What a performance that was by DeMarco Murray! He rushed for a franchise and rookie record 253 yards. It was the 10th best rushing day in league history. Murray's 91-yard score was probably one of the more explosive plays of the season and certainly set the tone for the game. His name is now up there in Cowboy history with guys like Emmitt Smith and if he can continue to keep his name up there with Emmitt Smith, the future looks promising.
A few other notes:
• Tony Romo had a quiet day was 14 for 24 with 166 yards and 2 TD’s
• Dez Bryant had only one catch at halftime but then had 4 catches in the 2nd half, including a 4th quarter TD.
• Abram Elam led the Cowboys with eight tackles and supported the run with three tackles for loss
• DeMarcus Ware picked up his eighth sack of the season and forced an A.J. Feeley fumble on the play as well. Ware tied Tony Tolbert for the most sacks by a Cowboy through the first six games of a season since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
The Cowboys now get ready for an important NFC East matchup because no one has really stood up in that division and taken command yet, so with the Giants on a bye this week, the Cowboys are now right on their heels (although they take on a pathetic Miami Dolphins team next week).
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