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DeMarco Murray Hurdles, Spins and Runs Down Critics

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Ways to shut up your critics:

    1. Insert fingers in ears, start babbling and stop listening to their hatin’.
    2. As a serial killer did in Dexter, cut out their tongues.
    3. Or, best of all, simply go out and rush for 175 yards.

    Including in this lil’ corner of the Internet, Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray was under attack last week: For not being elusive. For having poor vision. For leaving yards on the field. For being part of the problem in the team’s woeful running game.

    Then, like a bald guy fitted for a new wig, the Rams came to town and suddenly Murray’s problems are all covered up and camouflaged.

    In October 2011, Murray set a franchise-record with 253 yards. He didn’t top that Sunday at AT&T Stadium, but he produce his second-best day as a pro with 175 yards. But it wasn’t just the quantity of yards, but also the quality of runs.

    He cut. He spun. He juked. He hurdled. He stiff-armed. He finished off runs. He dove for pylons. In short, he dominated the Rams in the Cowboys’ 31-7 victory. Whether it was the opponent or the motivation provided by doomsdayers, Murray ran all over the Rams and now has a gaudy 428 yards against them in two games.

    “When you get a runner like that going, you can feed on him,” said Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett. “He gets a little contagious for everybody. Everybody starts feeling it.”

    He had a lot of help from increased contribution from Brian Waters and above-average play from right tackle Doug Free, but it was Murray who produced the NFL’s best rushing performance of Week 3 (before tonight’s Raiders-Broncos game). He forced us to forgive his fumble. He made us forget last week.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.