ST. LOUIS, Missouri - DeMarco Murray continues to be used as a feature back with no partner. Whether Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett believes Murray is a bell cow or lead-dog or whatever, he is using him in a way that says he does not trust the other guys.
In the Cowboys' 34-31 win against the Rams on Sunday, Murray had his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
Not that Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar are bums, but through three games the Cowboys' committment to run the ball is almost exclusively on Murray. The Cowboys rank second in the NFL in rushing offense - 157 yards per game - and that is nearly all because of one guy.
DeMarco Murray: 75 carries, 385 yards.
Lance Dunbar: 11 carries, 27 yards.
Joseph Randle: 5 carries, 35 yards.
Tony Romo: 3 carries, 14 yards.
Dwayne Harris: 1 carry, 9 yards.
The Cowboys rank fourth in the NFL in rushing attempts. It's only three games, but Murray is on pace for 400 carries for 2,053 yards. That would be a decent season.
For a player who has battled little injuries throughout his career both with the Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma, his professional team is obviously not worried that the bug will bite him again this season.
As long as this holds, and he stops fumbling, no one will complain.
OTHER WEEK 3 POST OP OBSERVATIONS
Rookie fourth round pick Anthony Hitchens said after the win against the Rams that he did not believe the speed of the game was something he struggled with. He led the team with 13 tackles; he also had one tackle for a loss and one pass defended. Hitchens did make the stop of Rams running back Zac Stacy on a 4th-and-1 attempt in the third quarter.
Hitchens started because Rolando McClain was out with a groin injury. Bruce Carter had a nice game, but this team needs McClain, who was making plays at the line and on the ball in a way no other defender has for this team.
Defensive end George Selvie told me he fully expects defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to do some yelling at his defensive line this week. The Cowboys defensive line has no sacks this season.
Selvie still looks like he possibly is nursing a sore shoulder, and defensive tackle Henry Melton was trying to play through a groin injury during the game.
Jason Hatcher may not have repeated his 2013 season in 2014, but his absence is rather large right now.
Dez Bryant has 20 catches for 247 yards with two touchdowns, but it feels like he has a ka-boom game coming.
A handful of people noticed this, but on DeMarco Murray's 44-yard run in the second half, the man running down the field was center Travis Frederick. The second-year center from Wisconsin displayed some Larry Allen-type wheels on that run.
The Cowboys were trying to run out the clock with less than 2:30 remaining when Tony Romo picked the worst time to miss a pass. The Cowboys were facing a 3rd-and-3 from their own 32 when Romo's pass for an open Lance Dunbar was wide, and forced the Cowboys to punt.
That was Romo's only imcompletion of the second half. Before that throw, Romo was 7 for 7 for 128 yards with two touchdowns in the second half.
Up Next: AT&T Stadium will likely turn into the Superdome on Sunday night when the New Orleans Saints visit for Sunday night football. The Saints are 1-2.
The last time these teams played was November 10, 2013 - a Saints' 49-17 win.
You may recall that game. The Saints had 40 first downs and 625 yards of offense.
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