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November 08, 2012

Cowboys' running game has stalled without DeMarco Murray

The Cowboys rank sixth in yards per game, including third in passing, but they are only 29th in rushing. They have called the fifth-fewest running plays in the league with 187.

Part of it is a function of being behind in games, and part of it is not being able to run it effectively.

The Cowboys have been without starter DeMarco Murray (foot) the past three games, and Murray is expected to miss this week's game, too. Murray did not practice again Thursday and has not practiced since Oct. 12. And Felix Jones was limited the past three games after bruising his knee against Baltimore.

"I think it’s a function of everything," Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said. "It’s really the old saying every game is different, which it really is. There’s so many times where let’s say you look at the Bears game and we got behind. We got behind obviously in the Giant game. Then there were some quick possessions that took place in Atlanta, where you don’t have the opportunity to run it as much as you want. So that kind of lends itself into that number. So we’re always trying to run. We’re trying to be balanced. Jason [Garrett] and I talk about it all the time, having a balanced offense, running the ball with balance. I thought we did a pretty good job coming out in the second half and running the football in that first series. We didn’t get back to it enough, because of the way the game went and we were playing catchup again."

In the past three games, with Murray out and Jones not 100 percent, the Cowboys had 66 carries for 169 yards. That works out to 56.3 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

-- Charean Williams 

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