The Cowboys did not have DeMarco Murray the first time they played the Redskins this year.
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher says the difference is noticeable when the Cowboys have Murray and when they do not.
“You can tell there is a difference,” the veteran linebacker said in a conference call with Dallas reporters Wednesday. “I think they have good backs. Obviously, having him in the fold makes their run game better.”
Murray missed the Thanksgiving Day game this year because of a sprained foot. The Cowboys ran for 35 yards in the 38-31 loss.
“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.”
Murray played in both games against Washington as a rookie, rushing two times for six yards in a Monday night home game in September and 25 times for 73 yards and catching six passes for 32 yards at Washington in November.
-- Carlos Mendez