One major difference going into this meeting between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, and their first meeting of the year on Thanksgiving Day, will be the presence of running back DeMarco Murray. Murray sat out of the 38-31 loss on Thanksgiving with that foot injury.
According to the elder statesman of the Redskins defense, linebacker London Fletcher, the difference between a Cowboys offense with Murray as opposed to a Cowboys offense without Murray, is immediately obvious when watching film.
“You can tell there is a difference,” Fletcher said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think they have good backs. Obviously, having him in the fold makes their run game better.”
The Cowboys ran for just 35 yards in the teams’ first meeting, while playing catch-up for most (all) of the game. For some perspective, Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III ran for 29 by himself, while throwing for 303 more.
“I think the game kind of dictated them not being able to run the football as much in that Thanksgiving Day game,” Fletcher said. “Because if you think about it, we were up four scores at one point in time. They kind of had to get away from the run game because of the score.”
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