All we've heard this season is that record-setting running back DeMarco Murray isn't going to make it through a full season because the Cowboys have ridden him so hard through the first part of the season.
On Sunday in London, Murray finally got a light day at the office — partly because of being banged up and partly because he could. You see, there just haven't been many moments this season when Murray could come out of the game and leave the Cowboys comfortable. On Sunday, they were in a comfortable position midway through the third quarter, and head coach Jason Garrett decided to start taking advantage of the blowout.
Tony Romo, who was questionable to play the game in the first place with his fractured transverse processes in his back, played great and then was pulled in the fourth quarter for Brandon Weeden. Murray played sparingly in the second half, as did Dez Bryant. Some key defensive players, namely Barry Church and Orlando Scandrick, were also given lighter work loads in the second half.
"I felt that there were opportunities in the second half that we didn't cash in on," coach Jason Garrett told ESPN Dallas. "We made some stops on defense and offensively we bogged down on a couple of different occasions, so that's something that we have to look at and correct and improve upon. I think we took him [Romo] out probably in the right time. Certainly in your head, four scores in a game you start to think about that a little bit. But at the same time this is the NFL and teams come back and things can change quickly."
The Cowboys will now get a bye in Week 11 before returning to action in two weeks for a road game at the New York Giants.