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Week 1 vs. CLE
Rushing: 16 / 80 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 4 targets
Barber was main focus of the offense. He saw the ball on the first four offensive plays and scored both of his touchdowns on short runs, the first coming when he dove over the top of a pile from one yard out on the opening drive. The offensive line opened up big holes, and Barber used his speed to get to the second defensive level before being brought down. He did have to leave the game in the fourth quarter to get his ribs x-rayed.
Week 2 vs. PHI
Rushing: 18 / 63 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 51 / 1 on 5 targets
Barber had very little room to run in the first half against a tough Philadelphia run defense and only gained 12 yards on seven carries. After a quiet first half, Barber had a big second half. Barber had his biggest run of the game on an 18 yard run on the first play of the second half. He then caught a 17 yard touchdown pass later in the third quarter as he showed his versatility as a pass catcher. Barber seemed to wear down the Philadelphia defense somewhat in the second half and he added another touchdown with a one yard run.
Week 3 vs. GB
Rushing: 28 / 142 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 4 targets
RB Marion Barber continued to prove that he is an every down feature back in the NFL, although he did fumble twice and almost lost a third early in the game. His only fumble for a turnover happened along the sideline late in the fourth quarter as the team was trying to seal the victory. The Packers recovered and brought the ball downfield and scored --- but it would prove to be too little too late. He also nearly fumbled the ball earlier in the game but grabbed the ball before a defender could jump on it and had another fumble grabbed by Dallas TE Tony Curtis.
Barber ran strong and hard as usual for the duration of the game as he racked up 142 yards on the ground. He was also used frequently in goal line and goal to go situations.
Week 4 vs. WAS
Rushing: 8 / 26 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
Barber's first run of the day was his best. He absolutely ran over a Washington defender and showed great power and determination. However, after that the Redskins had all the answers and really limited Barber and his overall effectiveness. Barber was often stuffed for no gain or only very short gains.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Rushing: 23 / 84 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Barber got off to a quick start (eight carries for 44 yards in the first quarter) but had 15 for 40 yards after that. Barber ran hard and with his usual determination, though his owners may have been expecting better production given the propensity of the Bengal defense to surrender lots of yards on the ground. Barber had four red zone carries, but as the numbers show, he was not very involved in the passing attack.
Week 6 vs. ARI
Rushing: 17 / 45 / 0
Receiving: 11 / 128 / 1 on 12 targets
Dallas used Marion Barber on the ground during the first quarter as they tried to establish a running game. Barber carried the ball on five of the first nine plays from scrimmage, but was only able to gain a total of eight yards. With the Cowboys unable to get anything going on the ground with Barber they decided to use him in the passing game to try and help get the offense going. Barber was targeted five times in the second quarter as Dallas began to have some success moving the ball. He touched the ball on seven of nine plays during one sequence in the second quarter. Barber did not seem to lose any quickness as the game wore on, even though he did not get much of a breather due to an injury to Felix Jones. His ability to catch passes out the backfield played a key role in getting Dallas back in the game. His key play occurred on a screen pass with 2:17 left in the game that he took down the left sideline for a touchdown to pull the team to within three points. Barber broke through tackles and managed to stay in bounds as first the defense tried to knock him out of bounds. When he saw an opening toward the middle of the field he cut back and headed straight for the end zone.
Week 7 vs. STL
Rushing: 18 / 100 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 2 targets
Barber had a solid stat line with a touchdown and 100 yards rushing. Much of the total yards came on the opening drive. To start the game the offensive line and Barber had their trademark tough running style. His best run came on a 35 yard trap play that Barber almost took to the house. After capping off the opening drive with a one yard dive for a touchdown Barber was held pretty much in check. As the score increased for the Rams, Barber became an after thought for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Also of note, Barber lost a fumble when he was chased down from behind.
Week 8 vs. TB
Rushing: 25 / 71 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 29 / 0 on 7 targets
Marion Barber was given the task of keeping the offense moving with the injury to Tony Romo and he showed that he is more than up to the task, as he was the leading rusher and caught the most passes. He rarely got a breather, only coming out of the game for a single play. During the first two series Dallas tried to establish a running game early to try and take some of the pressure off of Johnson with Barber touching the ball on five of the first ten plays from scrimmage. During the first quarter he found the going tough, but when Dallas started to have success through the air he found more room to run. Barber had his greatest success during the second and third quarters when the offense went to a more balanced attack.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Rushing: 19 / 54 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -12 / 0 on 1 targets
Barber did have some success running the ball in the first half with Brad Johnson under center, gaining 33 of his 54 yards. Unfortunately, 21 of those yards came on a single carry during the second quarter. That was one of the very few times that he was able to gain any significant yardage as he was usually met by at least one defensive player in the backfield. His only action in the receiving department was on a screen play in which the Giants successfully snuffed out the play and immediately tackled him for a 12 yard loss.
Week 11 vs. WAS
Rushing: 24 / 114 / 1
Receiving: 6 / 39 / 0 on 7 targets
Barber had six catches on the day on top of his 114 yards running. Needless to say, Barber was a difference maker. Early in the game he caught a lot of short catches out of the backfield. He also had a fumble early on in the game that he luckily recovered himself. Barber was running hard and getting some decent blocking. It was apparent the Cowboys were attacking the Skins on the edge throwing multiple sweeps and toss plays. In the second quarter he powered in for a score from two yards out which was challenged by the replay officials and the touchdown was upheld. Late in the game Barber and the Cowboys used lots of power run sets with two full backs and hammered away at a tired Washington front seven . Barber showed his smarts on one run where he fell to the ground to avoid going out of bounds and stopping the clock. It was a big gain and his decision saved the Cowboys an additional 35 seconds.
Week 12 vs. SF
Rushing: 19 / 59 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 50 / 0 on 9 targets
The 49ers were able to take away the rushing of Marion Barber, limiting him to a meager 59 yards. Dallas was able to compensate by getting him involved in the passing game. He would often go into a pass route as the safety option for Romo, and Romo would take advantage of it by going to him when the receivers were covered.
Week 13 vs. SEA
Rushing: 10 / 32 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 1 targets
With the Dallas passing game getting off to a fast start, Barber didn't see a lot of action early, but when he did he was effective. Perhaps the best example was a 17 yard scamper to the one-yard line near the end of the Cowboys' second offensive series. He punched it into the end zone two plays later. In the second half, just when it looked like Barber might get the chance to rack up some yards as Dallas tried to run out the clock, he left the game to have his pinkie toe x-rayed. In the end, that first half TD was all that stood between Barber and a far below average (45 total yard) fantasy day.
Week 15 vs. NYG
Rushing: 8 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 2 targets
Barber made the start at running back for the Cowboys but did not look to be himself. He had a disappointing night rushing the football. Through the first two quarters, Barber had minus six yards on three carries and his rushing yard total didn't get on the positive side of zero until the fourth quarter. Despite the struggles, Barber did have a big rush on a third and three play in the fourth quarter that picked up nine yards and helped the Cowboys run out the clock.
Week 16 vs. BAL
Rushing: 2 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
It was reported before the game that Barber was healthy and would start. He did not start and only saw one series of action, the fourth series. He seems to be bothered by his toe injury as he lacked any burst and seemed hesitant in running the ball between the tackles.
Week 17 vs. PHI
Rushing: 3 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 2 targets
It appeared Barber was still affected by his dislocated toe, and only had three rushes for 13 yards. He caught two balls for 20 yards out of the backfield, and had a crucial fumble that was returned for a 96 yard Eagles' touchdown in the third quarter.