If the Cowboys are to beat the Redskins tonight and become the first NFL team to seven wins, DeMarco Murray will have to control the clock and the game.
And if Murray is again the Cowboys’ offensive workhorse, he’ll have to do something he’s never done – rush for 100 yards against Washington.
Murray is off to a historic pace, leading the league in rushing and becoming the first running back to ever begin a season with seven 100-yard games. But against the Redskins his results have been modest. At best.
In his first game as a rookie – three years ago on Monday Night Football – he rushed only twice for six yards. In five games total against the Cowboys’ rival he has 73 carries for 279 yards, but never more than 96 in a game.
Murray did, to be fair, catch the game-winning, 10-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in last December’s win in Washington.
Monday night he should crack 100. And the Cowboys – pinch yourself – should be 7-1 at the halfway point.
A look at Murray’s games against the Redskins
Sept. 26, 2011 -- 2 attempts, 6 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Nov. 20, 2011 -- 25 attempts, 73 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Dec. 30, 2012 -- 17 attempts, 76 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Oct. 13, 2013 -- 7 attempts, 29 yards and 1 touchdown.
Dec. 22, 2013 -- 22 attempts, 96 yards and 1 touchdown.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.