The Cowboys’ previous fewest rushing attempts in a game had been 10 against New Orleans in 1989.
Dallas lined up in the shotgun on 50 of its 63 plays.
“We just didn’t get it done, and we’ve got to do that,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We have to be more balanced. We have to give the running game more of an opportunity to get going. We have to run it better.
“I think in some ways the running game numbers were skewed. In the minimum number of attempts that we had, we did have a 27-yard run in there. We weren’t as efficient as we needed to be, too many tackles for loss in a limited number of opportunities. But we have to be more patient with it. We have to strive for balance.”
DeMarco Murray returned from a knee sprain after missing the past two games and most of the Washington game. Though he had a 27-yard run, which helped him average 7.8 yards per attempt, Murray got only four attempts. That included only one in the second half.
“I thought for the most part when I was given the opportunity, I thought I did well,” Murray said Monday. “Obviously, I’m not in control of that, so I’ve got to continue to worry about myself and control what I can control. The most important thing is we got the win, so at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”
Murray would have loved to have had more opportunities against the league's 21st-ranked run defense.
“There were definitely some opportunities to run it out there, but it just didn’t go that way,” Murray said.
-- Charean Williams