Coming off one of the greatest seasons in history by a Cowboys rookie running back, and presumably back to full health following a season-ending fractured ankle, DeMarco Murray seemed primed to have a big year in 2012. He certainly opened the year in impressive fashion, going for 131 yards on 20 carries in the season opening win against the Giants.
In three games since then, though--against Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago--Murray has just 106 rushing yards and a touchdown; hardly the numbers we’d expect based off of last year and the win in New York, but somewhat understandable considering that each of these teams ranks in the top five of run defenses in the league.
"I think he’s done a good job just being persistent throughout the ball game and trying to continue to be true to the runs and trying to find the hole that’s there," head coach Jason Garrett said last week, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Teams have done a good job moving around up front and sometimes the run isn’t always as clean as you want it to be.
“But he’s been a running back for a long, long time, and he understands that. His patience, his persistence, his toughness have all been good. He just needs to understand that we’re going to keep trying to give him some opportunities. He needs to keep doing what he’s supposed to do, trust the other guys can do what they’re supposed to do and we’ll get this running game going.”
For what it’s worth, the Cowboys’ week six opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, rank in the middle of the pack (13th) in run defense.
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