Dallas Cowboys hope to use DeMarco Murray's power running as stepping stone for the offense

Dallas Cowboys hope to use DeMarco Murray’s power running as stepping stone for the offense

NASHVILLE – When the Dallas Cowboys run the ball as well as they did in Sunday’s 26-10 win over Tennessee, Tony Romo doesn’t face the pressure of having to put the team on his shoulders.
DeMarco Murray ran for 167 yards against the Titans on Sunday.
 
“It makes it easy for a lot of us guys,” Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said. “It makes it easy for Tony to pass. DeMarco is turning straight best mode, straight beast mode. I know he is going to keep doing that. If he runs the ball like that, it just makes our jobs that much easier.”
 
Murray ran for 167 yards on 29 carries to lead a Dallas ground attack that ran for 220 yards – and a 5.1-yards-per-carry average – against a Titans defense that limited Kansas City to 67 total rushing yards a week earlier.
 
“DeMo is a great back and we really appreciate the things that he does,” said center Travis Frederick, who pulled often on sweeps to help pave the way for Murray, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle. “The things that he does to set up blocks and the way he runs hard is really tremendous. All of the backs did a really good job.”

The Cowboys offense, right, gained 368 yards of total offense during
Sunday’s 26-10 win over Tennessee with 220 yards on the ground.
Frederick, a second-year player from Wisconsin, said Sunday’s win could be a stepping stone for the offense. Following a 28-17 loss to San Francisco to open the season, the Cowboys offense was ripped for being inept and Romo, the oft-criticized quarterback, was picked three times. He did not turn the ball over against the Titans.

“Tony did a nice job in this game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We ran the ball a lot throughout the game. When we had the opportunities to convert big third downs, we did that. He played a solid football game for us. Obviously, we featured the running game. Tony was more of a complimentary player, but I think he played a good game for us.”

Romo completed 19 of his 29 attempts for 176 yards. His favorite target was Bryant, who caught 10 passes for 103 yards and Romo’s lone touchdown pass.

“I’m throwing it good,” Romo said. “A few times, they surprised us where I wasn’t in a position to throw, but we still made some catches. Subtle things like that all come back slowly from what they were and I feel better reach week that goes by about some of that stuff. As far as down the field and throwing it, I’m throwing the ball really well and I’m excited about that.”
DeMarco Murray could be poised for another big game
next Sunday against a depleted Rams defense.
 
The Cowboys should be excited about their next opponent. The Cowboys will head to St. Louis next Sunday, where they will face a depleted Rams team missing one of its leaders on the defensive line in Chris Long. Without Long, who has 33 sacks the last three seasons and is a very good run stopper, the Rams may have trouble containing the Cowboys ground game. Add the fact that Murray ran for 175 yards against the Rams last year and 253 yards versus St. Louis in 2011, the Rams could be facing an uphill battle trying to prevent the Cowboys from running downhill.
 
“He’s a great back,” said Dallas tight end Jason Witten. “He is a star on the rise…he is just a great young player. He works the right way. He’s smart; he’s tough; he’s good with the linemen; he understands the scheme that we are trying to do and then he can also create on his own. That is a big game for us and just the demeanor that we want to have as a football team.”