RB Marion Barber - Chicago Bears
|5-11, 215||Born: 6-10-1983||College: Minnesota||Drafted: Round 4, pick 0|
2011 Week 4 vs CAR (5 / 17 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber, making his NFL regular season debut for the Chicago Bears, spelled Forte early after a 40+ yard carry and carried for five tough yards. Even on this carry, however, you could tell that this wasn't the same Marion Barber we saw for all those years in Dallas. Barber finishes his runs well but lacks any pop or impact. Barber did not get much work in this game with Forte continuing to churn out yardage, but he scored a late touchdown in garbage time which sealed the victory for the Bears. This opportunity came after a long Forte run. If this pattern is anything to go by, Forte will receive the vast majority of the carries, with Barber coming in to spell him from time to time.
2011 Week 5 vs DET (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Saw a carry at the beginning of the 4th quarter which was simply a wasted opp that could have gone to Forte who wasn't tired from a run or anything. Not sure why Martz dialed him up down 21-10 in the 4th with Forte already carving out over a 100 yards on the ground.
2011 Week 6 vs MIN (11 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Barber was mainly used to give Matt Forte a breather, but he ended up stealing Chicago's only rushing TD from Forte late in the first quarter. Forte has just put Chicago in scoring position with a big 21 yard run to give them first and goal from the 4. Barber trotted out and when Cutler handed him the ball, the offensive line opened up a huge hole and Barber barreled through untouched for the score. As the Bears began to pull away from Minnesota late in the third quarter, Barber began to make more frequent appearances, carrying the ball for short gains up the gut. On the final drive of the game, with Caleb Hanie at QB, Barber rushed the ball six consecutive times to help run down the clock. His longest carry was in that span - a 14 yard blast up the gut where a visibly tired Minnesota defense had trouble bringing him down.
2011 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 39 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber had a long run on a short yardage play and an easy TD run from 12 yards out that made it look like he turned back the clock, but he was also responsible for a Cutler interception off of his drop and Barber didn't get that irresistible push on another short yardage carry. He is just an injury handcuff to Matt Forte right now.
2011 Week 9 vs PHI (9 / 31 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
-Barber continued his role as a short yardage back and even got a series full of carries as an added bonus. His touchdown was a thing of beauty as he was hit at the line of scrimmage, spun off the tackle, was hit again at the one and drove through the defender for the score. Barber had the same huge holes as Forte on the series that he carried the ball but didn't do quite as much with them. It was evident that he could still hit the same holes as Forte but he didn't have the same success once he got to the second level. Later in the game after the extra work, Barber was twice stuffed on short yardage plays, but he did make a nice move on a dump off from Cutler.
2011 Week 10 vs DET (13 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Both Marion Barber and Matt Forte were held in check by the Detroit defense. Barber was used to give Forte a breather at key points in the game, and came in on the final series of the game during garbage time. Barber was frequently dragged down behind the line and he's clearly lost most of his explosion. However, he can still hit the hole hard, and when the Bears were looking to grind the final minutes off the clock, they turned to Barber seven times in a row, and 22 of his 27 yards came on that drive.
2011 Week 11 vs SD (7 / 25 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite playing second fiddle to Matt Forte most of the season, it was Barber who had more fantasy value in this game courtesy of his one yard touchdown run. As a matter of fact, Barber actually scored twice on successive plays, though only one of them counted as a score. On a handoff from the 5-yard line, he took it up towards the goal line and fumbled the ball as he was being tackled. Barber then recovered the ball himself, untouched, and then lunged forward into the end zone for what should have been a score. Chicago did not challenge the play, and on the ensuing play Barber took it in the more conventional way - with a power dive up the middle. Barber also saw a handful of fourth quarter carries, being given the charge to churn out tough yardage and pick up first downs as the Bears needed to run out the clock.
2011 Week 12 vs OAK (10 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber had a really nice game on Sunday. He ran with more burst than he has since he went down with a hamstring injury on a Monday night game versus the Giants in 2009. Barber showed his trademark pushing style and was breaking several tackles on almost all of his runs. As stated above, this could turn into more of a committee situation if Barber keeps this up.
2011 Week 13 vs KC (14 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When Matt Forte went down to injury, Barber took over as the primary back. He brought a definite intensity to the offense, and displayed that classic 'barbarian' style that made him such a force in Dallas. Unfortunately, he also showed that the years in Dallas have taken him down a peg in speed, and while he ran hard, he was never able to break a long gain, and was frequently stuffed at the line for minimal gain. He was most effective when running between the tackles, and when he tried to get outside, the defense was able to string him along and bring him down for minimal gain. His longest run came in the second quarter, when he took a handoff and was almost tackled in the backfield. However, he used his power to run through the arm tackle and broke to the outside where the pressure had come from. With no one to pick him up at the second level, he was able to power down the field for a big 15 yard gain. It was his longest run of the day. The play that will make the highlight reel though, is the series before. While lined up on the five yard line, Barber broke from the backfield and lined up on the left wing. KC missed him completely and even the crowd gasped when they saw him line up with no one covering him. Hanie snapped the ball, lobbed an easy pass to him for what appeared to be a TD. However, in his excitement of not being covered, Barber didn't line up on the line of scrimmage, and created an illegal formation which resulted in a penalty and nullified the TD. The Bears had to settle for a Field goal on that drive.
2011 Week 14 vs DEN (27 / 108 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Taking the place of injured Matt Forte, Barber started the game and looked like his old self for most of the game. He ran the ball hard and helped take the pressure of Caleb Hanie on offense. Barber was clearly a focal point of the Bears game plan this week as he finished with 27 carries for 108 yards and also added 32 more yards on a couple of catches. He scored the Bears only touchdown on a beautiful run in which he made a defender miss and then powered into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown run. Barber also came up with a beautiful 16-yard diving catch in overtime. Unfortunately, all of the good he did was overshadowed by a couple of mistakes. First, he ran out of bounds late in regulation when the Bears were trying to run out the clock and that gave the Broncos enough time to force overtime with a long field goal. Then in overtime with the Bears driving, he had the ball stripped out of his hands and the Broncos quickly marched down the field to win the game.
2011 Week 15 vs SEA (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber basically split carries evenly with Kahlil Bell, and was clearly the less dynamic of the two backs. Barber started off slowly with three carries for a mere six yards, which opened the door to Bell. When Barber returned, he ran for a big first down and later had a 9 yard run called back, but in this case, the numbers really do tell the story. He was simply mediocre. Bell ended up with a few more carries in the end, but the main difference was that Barber looked the part of short yardage back, with a good initial burst but not much in the way of breakaway speed.
2010 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber looked like himself. He made several strong runs and showed good vision to get a few key first downs. As usual he finished his runs and showed good power. His best run came on sweep to the right where he beat DeAngelo Hall for 12 yards close to the red zone. He got the start and was favored in his time share with Felix Jones.
2010 Week 2 vs CHI (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber ran hard against the Bears but the Cowboys line simply could not create any holes for him. By the fourth quarter, the team had all but abandoned the run in favor of the pass. Barber's best run came on a hard fought three yard gain in the second quarter near the Bears goalline that saw him slam in to the line of scrimmage and keep driving his legs until a slight hole opened up, allowing him to churn forward for a small gain. Barber also had a three carry sequence that resulted in gains of 7 yards, 7 yards, and 8 yards. Unfortunately, the drive was stalled by a holding penalty. Barber gained a mere 2 positive yards after that sequence. Barber appears to have recovered from last season's quad injury but the Cowboys' offense is not giving him enough carries to build in to any rhythm as a power runner.
2010 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 55 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Barber ran hard against the Texans and finally had some success finding holes between the tackles. The Cowboys blocking scheme seemed much more in line with "whip the man in front of you!" instead of pulling the guards and tackles from one side to another. As a result, the Cowboys were able to get a push up front that helped gain a yard or two before Barber had even reached the line of scrimmage. For his part, Barber ran with a good leg burst and forward lean and even though his stat line may not show it, this is as powerful yet poised as he has run in some time. Barber's touchdown came on a carry off tackle to the right wherein he had a full head of steam before reaching the line of scrimmage and easily sliced in to the endzone a yard and a half away.
2010 Week 5 vs TEN (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber did not start against the Titans and was held to 19 yards on 6 carries. Despite rushing for more then 3 yards per carry on tough carries between the tackles, he clearly doesn't have the same power and speed as in years past. Despite being declared to be at full health for the 2010 season, Barber doesn't have the same forward lean and leg churn as he did in 2007 and 2008. Furthermore, he did not receive a target in the passing game as Felix Jones received the bulk of the work out of the Cowboys' backfield.
2010 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Barber is the new 'Thunder' in the Dallas RBBC. He came had a couple short carries early, but was the primary guy that the Cowboys used when they were in 3rd and short and 4th and short situations. Barber converted every time for them, upping his total to 9 conversions for 9 attempts on the season. The 'formula' for these conversions seems to be having Barber as the up back and line up or motion Miles Austin behind him. As the ball is snapped, Austin breaks outside and Romo will fake a throw to Austin before giving the ball to Barber who runs up the gut or off tackle. The Cowboys ran this multiple times with solid success, generating the yards they needed for the first down. The one time they tried to play-action away from Barber, EJ Henderson played Romo perfectly and intercepted the pass intended for Witten. Barber's effectiveness is limited though because the primary RB duties are definitely being funneled to Felix Jones. Barber caught a couple short check-down type passes and turned them into nice gains, but he didn't come close to any long runs or red zone targets.
2010 Week 7 vs NYG (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Barber got all of his carries in the red zone on two early turnovers from the Giants but did nothing with them. Felix Jones was used the rest of the running situations but the Cowboys fell behind in the second half and never got back to the running game.
2010 Week 8 vs JAX (9 / 16 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite rushing for a touchdown on Sunday against the Jaguars, Barber actually looked just as bad as Felix Jones running the ball. Most of Barber's runs consisted of taking the handoff, dancing for a few steps, and then putting his head down and lunging forward for a short gain. The Dallas offensive line is not blocking with any efficiency and it shows in Barber's (and teammate Felix Jones) stat lines. Barber had another chance at a touchdown but could not convert on third and goal from the one and then collided with quarterback Jon Kitna on fourth and goal from the one, thus ending any chance Dallas had to get back in the game.
2010 Week 9 vs GB (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Cowboys tried to establish the run by giving Barber the ball 3 straight times to start the game, unfortunately he couldn't move the sticks for the team. From that point on he was borderline useless finishing with just 14 yards on 6 carries. He represents another Cowboy veteran who could see his already limited playing time cut into during the 2nd half of the season.
2010 Week 10 vs NYG (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber had 9 touches against the Giants and despite playing well on a per-touch basis, he clearly was the second fiddle to Felix Jones on Sunday. Barber managed to catch one screen pass but was quickly tackled for a nine yard loss. Felix Jones started the game for the Cowboys and had the first carry for Dallas, but Barber came in therafter and rushed three times on the team's first series. Four of Barber's other carries came on the team's last drive as they attempted to run out the clock, meaning that Marion Barber only received three carries between Dallas's first series and its last.
2010 Week 11 vs DET (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Marion "The Barbarian" looks like a thing of the past. Taking his place is simply Marion Barber, a power runner with no power. Barber simply looks weak at the point of contact, unable to plow through tacklers like he did a few short years ago. For the second time in three weeks he was unable to convert a short touchdown from inside the two yard line. To compensate for the lack of power, Barber is beginning to "dance" behind the line of scrimmage which only amplifies the problem. At this point in the season (and in his career), Barber appears to be no more than an occasional complement to Jones and a willing blocker for Kitna. Barber did manage one 24 yard carry, but his other 12 carries produced a total of 12 yards.
2010 Week 12 vs NO (10 / 19 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Barber split touches with Felix Jones at close to a 2 to 1 ratio with Jones getting the majority of the touches. Barber was really the short yardage back, and half of his touches were in the red zone. In the third quarter, Barber had three carries inside the five yard line before taking it into the end zone on 4th and 1. In the 4th quarter, Barber again had three carries inside the red zone, and probably would have had a second TD if he didn't sustain an injury. On second and one, Barber stumbled when the ball was snapped. He tried to recover, but took the handoff and dove awkwardly into the pile. He didn't get into the end zone and came off the field, allowing Tashard Choice to get the TD. Barber was later seen on the sideline with his calf wrapped up and he did not return to the game.
2010 Week 16 vs ARI (8 / 58 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber returned to the Cowboys lineup and, somewhat surprisingly, replaced Tashard Choice as the complementary back to Felix Jones. Barber's stat line is somewhat skewed as he had a 25 yard rush and a 24 yard run for a touchdown. Otherwise, his remaining 6 carries totaled 9 yards as he struggled to find any power once he made initial contact with the defense. His best run came on the touchdown wherein he broke off tackle to the right side, raced through the Arizona front seven, and then kept his legs churning in the final ten yards to score. Otherwise, he was fairly easy to bring down at the line of scrimmage. Most of his carries came between the tackles, primarily over the right side of the line while the Cowboys utilized the run to keep the pass rush honest in an effort to come back from a 21-3 deficit.
2010 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber was the third string rusher for the Cowboys in Week 17, getting just three carries against Philadelphia. Barber never even saw the field until the third quarter. Felix Jones and Tashard Choice finished ahead of Barber on the depth chart, making Barber an unlikely candidate to return to Dallas next year.
2009 Week 1 vs TB (14 / 79 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber got a paltry amount of work in the first three quarters - about 10 carries - because the Cowboys kept scoring on long plays, instead of putting together long drives. Still, Barber looked as quick, fast, strong, and determined as ever on his carries. He resumed his "finisher" role from 06/07, destroying a worn out defense in the fourth quarter and capping his drive with a touchdown. It seems like Barber should get about 50% of the RB work in a close game, with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice splitting the rest of the work. He is still a very good RB2, with RB1 potential if Jones gets hurt again this year.
2009 Week 2 vs NYG (18 / 124 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Barber ran hard and well against the New York Giants in Week 2, exploding through holes and making some of his own when the line did not quite open one up for him. Barber topped 100 yards and made a very good defense look suspect. His punishing style of running might have caught up with him, but ironically he got hurt while running in space and not due to contact. Barber clutched at his leg while running for what would have been a touchdown but his leg seized up and he collapsed due to the pain. Early reports are that he should be fine, but keep an eye out for Barber's ability to practice this week.
2009 Week 4 vs DEN (11 / 41 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Barber was back after missing the game against the Panthers with a quad injury, and he started out hot. He was running strong between the tackles, and seemed to show no ill-effects from the injury. The Cowboys used him effectively on screen passes, and he was pounding the Broncos defense early on. Barber was able to get in the end zone at the end of the first-quarter from one-yard out. His leg drive and determination (plus a little push from his teammates) helped him break the plane and get in for six. Strangely enough, the Cowboys seemed to move away from him in the second half, giving more touches to Tashard Choice. The team must have been concerned about aggravating the injury, but Barber was not seen receiving treatment on the sidelines.
2009 Week 5 vs KC (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber ran better than his numbers indicate. He ran with good spring in his legs, but he rarely had a big hole to run through. Barber was often relegated to picking through small openings at the line of scrimmage instead of building up a head of steam as he got to the second level of the defense. He had one of his better runs called back due to a penalty, and he also had a good run on a draw, which was also the kind of run that Tashard Choice had a lot of success on vs. the Chiefs. Barber did break through to the third level once, but he lacked the second gear to turn the run into a touchdown.
2009 Week 7 vs ATL (14 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Early on Barber was thwarted, being met in the backfield at least four times on first half carries. As the game went on, Barber started running hot, going through arm tackles and making quick, subtle moves to get through the line of scrimmage. His downhill running helped put the game away, and he was always strong as a pass blocker, but he still doesn't look quite capable of breaking the big run when he gets to the open field with a choppy stride and no second gear.
2009 Week 8 vs SEA (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber is now splitting the workload with Felix Jones in a 2 to 1 split favoring Barber. Barber is most often used as a battering ram between the tackles and despite his recent hamstring injury, he still shows the "one cut and go" ability that has made him a successful runner in traffic. On Barber's first carry of the day, a 16 yard run, Barber took the handoff to the right side off-tackle and with a quick step up field managed to get in to the Seattle secondary before being brought down by Ken Lucas. Barber also scored on a two yard run up the middle in the first half to give the Cowboys a 14-3 lead. Of Barber's 15 carries, 11 went for positive yardage. The biggest change in Barber's game in recent weeks has been that he isn't used as often as a receiver now that Felix Jones is back to good health. Wherein Barber once excelled as a pass-catcher, he is now only getting targets on screen passes and short swing passes.
2009 Week 9 vs PHI (12 / 50 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber ran hard and with power like he did before he was injured, picking up tough yardage late in the game when Dallas was trying to close out the Week 9 contest against the Eagles. Barber is still sharing a crowded backfield with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice but he is making the most of it. Look for his 15 touch effort against Philadelphia be about the same amount of work he gets going forward.
2009 Week 10 vs GB (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Barber was used often early in the game vs. the Packers, but he was largely forgotten in the 2nd half because of thumb issues and finished with a season low 5 carries on 8 total touches. When he was able to get his hands on the ball, Barber ran extremely strong with his usual good field vision. The Cowboys are at their best when they run a balanced attack. The coaches are sure to get Barber more involved next week. He is simply too good to be ignored in the offensive scheme.
2009 Week 11 vs WAS (20 / 99 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Dallas decided to go run-heavy to start the game, a plan likely in place even before the Redskins' Albert Haynesworth was announced to be inactive. Barber ran the ball hard and with his usual power, never avoiding contact, as he fell just one yard shy of a 100-yard day. Barber also had a costly fumble in the Red Zone that cost Dallas an early score, which led to the Cowboys needing a late touchdown to get the win.
2009 Week 12 vs OAK (14 / 61 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber was kept in check by the Raiders on Thanksgiving, as Barber struggled to get more than a couple of yards at a time before finally breaking through late in the fourth quarter for a big 32-yard run right up the gut. The long rush boosted his numbers up to respectable levels, and it marked Barber's first run for 20 or more yards in over 100 carries. He was also able to grab a nice 42-yard catch and run on a short pass to the flat in the second quarter to help out his paltry rushing numbers. Barber did not have breakaway speed once he broke that run, and his lack of a top gear limits his ability in open spaces. Barber is also splitting touches with both Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, which also hampers Barber's upside.
2009 Week 13 vs NYG (15 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber struggled in Week 13 against the New York Giants as he was unable to break free for many yards on the ground. Barber pounded the ball between the tackles but the Giants kept him in check, holding to just 36 yards despite 15 carries. Barber was not much better as a receiver as he had two short catches and fumbled after a short one in the second quarter.
2009 Week 14 vs SD (14 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Owner Jerry Jones suggested this week that the team save Barber for late in the game to wear down the opponent. Perhaps he jumped the gun a bit. Late in the first half, with Dallas trailing 10-3, Barber was given the ball on first and goal at the four yard line. He picked up three yards to get to the goal line. On each of the next three plays, Barber tried to burst through the line and into the end zone, and on each occasion he was stood up by the Charger defense. On at least two of the runs, it looked as if he was going to just reach out and put the ball in but he couldn't do it on any of them. Later in the game, Barber again took a handoff down to the one yard line but this time the Cowboys were whistled for a false start penalty to back them up to the six. Apparently the team felt liberated by the backup, because the extra room they were given afforded Miles Austin the ability to break free into the end zone for an easy score. Barber didn't see the ball in a red zone situation again. He did pick up 22 yards on two receptions during the team's last desperation drive, turning a poor performance into a semi-tolerable one.
2009 Week 15 vs NO (17 / 62 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber ran hard and with good power against the Saints on Saturday night, getting the goal line work and pounding the ball into the end zone twice. Barber is the most physical of all the Dallas running backs and he is getting good blocking in front of him. He looked like the Barber of old who was a borderline RB1 in most formats, especially touchdown leagues, and should be treated as such with two big games left for the Cowboys (Washington and Philadelphia) this year.
2009 Week 16 vs WAS (17 / 63 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Barber was once the featured back for the Cowboys in week 16 and he had a fine game in all facets for his squad. He finished off a long Cowboy drive with a short plunge for a TD early in the game (his 3rd in 2 games). Barber still runs with reckless abandon; however I don't see him breaking off long runs like he used to. It's possible that he has lost a step and is just worn down from his tough running style. He is still a dangerous threat and posses good hands out of the backfield, as evidenced by his 4 catches in week 16.
2009 Week 17 vs PHI (14 / 91 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber started the game well against the Eagles in Week 17, bursting through the middle of the defense and taking off up the right sideline for a 32-yard gain on his first carry of the contest. Barber added 14 more touches against Philadelphia, running hard and with good power to complete his 105-yard day. Look for Barber to get another 15-18 chances again in the playoff rematch with the Eagles on Saturday Night's Wild Card game.
2009 Week 18 vs PHI (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber had a few minimal gains early before leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury
2009 Week 19 vs MIN (8 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite not starting the game, Barber did come in to the game to relieve Felix Jones and managed to play most of the second half as the Cowboys sought any type of momentum against the stiffling Minnesota defense. Barber's first three carries resulted in hard runs for 4 and 5 yard gains. Barber was clearly excited to be back on the field and running wild, but he was not able to sustain it. Barber finished the game with 8 carries for 14 yards, most of which came on his first three carries.
2008 Week 1 vs CLE (16 / 80 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 2 vs PHI (18 / 63 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 3 vs GB (28 / 142 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 5 vs CIN (23 / 84 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 6 vs ARI (17 / 45 / 0 rush, 12 / 11 / 128 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 7 vs STL (18 / 100 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 8 vs TB (25 / 71 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 9 vs NYG (19 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -12 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 11 vs WAS (24 / 114 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 12 vs SF (19 / 59 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 13 vs SEA (10 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 15 vs NYG (8 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 16 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
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.
2007 Week 1 vs NYG (11 / 65 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Barber did not see any action until the last two minutes of the first half. He caught his only target for a 29 yard gain and a first down, and then ended the drive with an 18 yard touchdown run. His role seemed to be the same as it was last year, and he saw most of his action in the second half. He ran hard and averaged just under six yards per carry.
2007 Week 2 vs MIA (14 / 89 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Barber ran physically. He often would run through a tackler to make something out of nothing. Although his yards per carry were low, he made a lot of people missed and earned every yard, including his first touchdown run. He was untouched on his 40 yard run to put the game away, hitting the huge hole with no hesitation.
2007 Week 3 vs CHI (15 / 102 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Barber saw his first action with the offense at the start of the second quarter on Dallas' third drive. He took two caries on that drive that totaled zero yards. His third and final carry of the first half went for eight yards. Barber got more involved in the offense starting on the Cowboys second series of the second half. After the Cowboys got the ball down to the Bears 22 yard line, Barber picked up 12 yards on three successive carries and followed that up by catching a swing pass for a ten yard touchdown. After making the catch in the right flat, Barber side stepped a would be tackler and broke through an Adam Archuleta tackle to get into the end zone. Later on in the fourth quarter, Barber would add a one yard touchdown run two plays after he ran through the Bears' defense for a 54 yard pick up.
2007 Week 4 vs STL (8 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Barber split carries with Julius Jones, rushing for 50 yards on eight attempts, along with two receptions for 22 yards on three targets in the passing game. While Barber had just eight rushes, he still seems like the more talented, more productive runner. He did have a touchdown opportunity taken away from Jones, who scored from two yards out.
2007 Week 5 vs BUF (8 / 28 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Barber ran hard and with his usual determination, though his owners may have been expecting better production given the propensity of the Buffalo defense to surrender lots of yards on the ground. The fired up Bills defenders attacked the line of scrimmage all night, and the Cowboy backs had a tough time finding room to run. Barber was stuffed for two yards or less on five of his eight carries, but he did make a couple of decent gains when he was able to escape initial contact. Five of his seven pass targets came in the last two drives of the game, as Romo was moving his team in position to win.
2007 Week 6 vs NE (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Barber rushed eight times for 47 yards. His most exciting play gained only two yards. The play started from the Cowboys' ten yard line. Barber had no room to run and was hit in the backfield. Instead of going down, he kept his legs churning. The problem was that he wound up in his own end zone. However, he was able to outrun the defense around the end and made it all the way back to the 12 yard line before being tackled for a two yard gain. Barber was very close to taking a safety, but he was equally close to taking the run all the way for a touchdown. Barber's long gain was a 17 yard dash. He added two receptions for 12 yards. Barber fumbled, but was able to recover the ball on a play that was negated by a penalty.
2007 Week 7 vs MIN (19 / 96 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 9 / 0 rec)
Barber displayed good strength and determination on all of his carries. Every time he touched the ball, he ran with purpose. However, the Vikings stout rush defense caused the Cowboys to not spend much time establishing the running game. Nine of his 19 carries, and 64 of his 96 yards came on the Cowboys' final drive running out the clock.
2007 Week 9 vs PHI (16 / 56 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber carried the ball 16 times for 56 yards and one touchdown, while catching all three of his targets for 50 yards through the air. Julius Jones started this game and out carried Barber six to two in the first quarter, but Barber was the primary ball carrier thereafter. Barber's first carry of the day came on second and goal with the ball at the seven yard line. He carried for five yards to the two, but was removed from the game for Jones, who proceeded to punch it in for a score. Barber was the goalline back on all of the other trips into the redzone. He had a chance for a second touchdown in the fourth quarter as he received three carries inside the five yard line, but the Eagles rush defense stacked him up at the line each time, the Cowboys eventually having to settle for a fieldgoal.
2007 Week 10 vs NYG (12 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / -1 / 0 rec)
Barber was ineffective as he totaled only 34 yards on the ground while adding one catch for a negative gain. He was contained by the Giant's front four and had no room to run all day long.
2007 Week 11 vs WAS (15 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber entered the game during the Cowboys second drive of the game, and carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards, while catching one pass for seven yards on two targets. The Cowboys seemed to rotate series' between Barber and started Julius Jones, though as usual Barber ended up with the heavier workload. The Redskins did a great job of shutting down Barber and the running game, but the Cowboys had success in the second half going deep to Terrell Owens, so Barber became less of a focal point. He had a nine yard carry nullified by a penalty.
2007 Week 12 vs NYJ (18 / 103 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)
Barber scored the first touchdown of the game, and got stronger as the game progressed, gaining most of his yards in the second half. He showed very good power and moves, breaking through tackles and at times eluding them with his ability to use his feet to escape from a defender before he could get his hands on him. By the fourth quarter, Barber was running straight ahead and breaking tackles on his way to posting very good numbers.
2007 Week 13 vs GB (17 / 81 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Barber came in on the Cowboys' second drive and didn't waste much time making an impact as he had a nice 16 yard run up the middle, punishing tacklers all the while. But he would only have six carries for 25 yards in the first half. Barber had another big gain of 17 yards on a run, after cutting it back to the left side of the field on a play designed to go to the right. The defensive back was able to trip him on the play and bring him down on the Green Bay five yard line, otherwise he had six points. He was able to run the ball pretty effectively late in the game as the Cowboys tried to run down the clock. He had 23 yards on the Cowboys last drive of the game that helped seal the victory.
2007 Week 14 vs DET (7 / 43 / 2 rush, 10 / 10 / 61 / 1 rec)
Even though Barber splits time with Julius Jones, he looks like he is the better of the two backs. Barber is the one back that Dallas relies on when the tough yards are needed as he is rarely brought down by a single tackler. On the first touchdown run he showed good patience in waiting on the hole to develop and on the second score he ran through the line untouched on a fourth and goal from the one. His good hands and elusiveness makes him a reliable weapon in the passing game. His biggest contribution came when he gained a key first down on a fourth and six on the game winning drive.
2007 Week 15 vs PHI (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marion Barber carried the ball seven times for 32 yards, and was targeted on three passes not catching any of them. Barber started the game in the second series as usual, but didn't find a great deal of room to run as the Eagles rush defense completely bottled up the Cowboys running game. Barber saw most of the late game action, but the Cowboys offense did not feature the running game much.
2007 Week 16 vs CAR (22 / 110 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
After a pair of quiet weeks, Barber III bounced back with a two touchdown night in which he averaged five yards per carry. Though he didn't start the game, the Cowboys leaned heavily on him after the first series, and gave him twenty carries for the first time all season.
2007 Week 17 vs WAS (6 / -6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Barber had a really rough game, earning negative six yards on six rushes. He managed one total yard though, as his one catch went for seven yards.
2007 Week 19 vs NYG (27 / 129 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Barber was extremely impressive, especially in the first half. He was constantly breaking tackles and ran through Giants defenders frequently. Barber tailed off in the second half but still finished with over 120 yards and a first half one yard touchdown run. Notably, Barber got his first start of the year, finally supplanting Julius Jones despite outperforming him all year.
2006 Week 1 vs JAX (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Barber was used mostly as a change of pace back. He ended up with three carries for 13 yards and two catches for 13 yards. He made an impressive move to bounce to the outside to convert on a fourth and one at the Jacksonville 24 yard line. He picked up eight yards on the play but the drive ended on the missed field goal by Suisham.
2006 Week 2 vs WAS (8 / 39 / 1 rush, 5 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Barber filled his normal role as third down back, but he also saw extensive action as a goal line carrier. His lone touchdown came on the fourth straight rushing attempt inside the Redskins' ten yard line. The Cowboys showed they have faith in him there at the goal line opting to go for the score on fourth and goal instead of kicking a field goal. He was targeted several times in the passing game, although he only managed to snag one, as he was regularly missed or dropped the pass.
2006 Week 4 vs TEN (9 / 55 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Barber only had one carry for six yards in the first half. On Dallas' second drive of the second half, he had five carries for 36 yards, including a one yard touchdown run. He also had an 18 yard reception in the third quarter for a first down. Barber finished with respectable numbers considering he only had 10 touches in the game.
2006 Week 5 vs PHI (7 / 22 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Barber had just seven carries and 22 yards, yet he picked up three first downs on the ground, only one fewer then RB Julius Jones. He also took away Jones' touchdown, as he scored from two yards away on a third down at the goal line after Jones had failed to get in on the first two tries. Barber also added more production as a receiver. Barber was targeted once in every quarter, and he caught three of four targets for 26 yards receiving.
2006 Week 6 vs HOU (10 / 57 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber is the antithesis to Jones; Barber is the short yardage guy, the power runner. Once the Texans' defense was softened up by Julius Jones, when Barber came in he just ran over and by the Texans defenders. He scored a TD in the third quarter on a short run.
2006 Week 7 vs NYG (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Barber saw action on the few occasions that the Cowboys were in scoring situations. He was unable to make much headway until late in the game when the Giants were playing the pass. Barber broke one run for 22 yards and caught one of his two targets for a 17 yard gain. With the game out of reach, he only carried the ball a total of six times.
2006 Week 8 vs CAR (9 / 49 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
As the Cowboys' third down running back, Barber didn't see many touches until late in the game with the outcome already decided. He took full advantage of his opportunity by turning his nine rushes into 49 yards and two touchdowns. Barber ran with great speed and power, and took advantage of a downtrodden Panthers' defense. He also hauled in one pass.
2006 Week 9 vs WAS (7 / 45 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Barber ran very well spelling Julius Jones throughout the game. He recorded 73 combined yards on nine touches.
2006 Week 10 vs ARI (13 / 65 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Barber accounted for the only rushing touchdown. He shows exceptional vision, and his cuts make some defensive backs look awkward. He continues to split carries with Jones, though Barber carried more in the second half.
2006 Week 11 vs IND (9 / 35 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber was asked to make the tough yards and did a commendable job of doing that. He was especially effective on his two rushing attempts close to the goal line, punching in both attempts for touchdowns. He ran with strength and determination, powering through tacklers on his rushes, and rarely going down at first contact.
2006 Week 12 vs TB (16 / 83 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 2 rec)
Barber continues to come off the bench for Dallas and be extremely productive. He did not touch the ball until the second quarter, but he still managed to gain more rushing yards than his counterpart, Julius Jones, by halftime. Barber entered the locker room with 21 yards on just four carries, six more yards than Jones who had five chances. Barber's biggest contribution was on a one yard toss from QB Tony Romo for a touchdown. Barber's production rose in the second half as he again added a second touchdown on a short pass of two yards form Romo. He added 12 more carries for 62 yards after halftime before giving way to RB Lousaka Polite to run out the clock.
2006 Week 13 vs NYG (12 / 76 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber doesn't have the explosiveness of Julius Jones but he is the trusted running back in key situations for the Cowboys. Parcells loves to use Barber in goal line situations and when Dallas needs to protect the ball late in games. Barber scored twice from inside the ten yard line. One was on a one yard run and the other was from the seven yard line. On the second touchdown, Barber made a great cutback to avoid a tackle and took it into the end zone.
2006 Week 14 vs NO (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After a string of excellent outings in recent weeks, Barber did nothing. He wasn't used as much as usual, and finished with only two carries for a total of negative one yard. It was his lowest output of the year.
2006 Week 15 vs ATL (11 / 69 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Barber's first carry was a 13 yard burst up the middle for a first down on Dallas' second possession of the game. But he only had one other carry in the first half and finished with only 14 rushing yards in the half as Julius Jones got most of the carries. In the second half, the roles were reversed as Barber got most of the carries and he cashed in with a big second half. He had a great nine yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter in which broke a few tackles to get into the end zone. The Cowboys turned to Barber in the fourth quarter as he got all of the carries and ran the ball hard. He had some nice runs late in the game as Dallas tried to control the ball and clock late in the game. Barber had 38 yards rushing on the Cowboys last touchdown drive of the game and scored a touchdown on a three yard run. The drive was critical to Dallas' victory as they ate up six and half minutes on the clock late in the game. Barber now has thirteen rushing and fifteen total touchdowns this season. This was another impressive performance by Barber who once again looked better then Julius Jones rushing the ball.
2006 Week 16 vs PHI (6 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber had a horrible afternoon against the Eagles, getting just six carries and only three yards in Week 16. Barber had three goal line carries in the second quarter starting at the one yard line, but he gained no yardage twice then lost three yards on a crucial fourth down. Barber was stuffed on the first two carries between the tackles, and then the third was a pitch and attempted run to the right that failed. Barber added just three other carries for the game and was not involved in the passing offense for Dallas.
2006 Week 17 vs DET (7 / 15 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
Barber rushed seven times for only 15 yards and closed out his last two games by gaining only 18 yards on his last 13 attempts. Barber's one yard touchdown run gave him 14 rushing touchdowns for the season, however. He finished tied for third in the NFL with 16 total touchdowns. On the season, Barber averaged 4.8 yards per attempt and totaled 654 rushing yards. Barber was credited with a two yard loss on his first reception on what appeared to be a backwards pass. He was swarmed by the defense and did a nice job to avoid a much bigger loss on the play. In all, he caught five passes for 23 yards in this game and totaled 23 grabs for 196 yards on the season.
2006 Week 18 vs SEA (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Barber didn't get his first touch until late in the second quarter. He came out of the backfield up the middle and caught a short pass from QB Tony Romo. After a long pass put the Cowboys inside the Seattle three yard line Barber stayed in the game as the goal line back. Dallas went play action and a holding penalty sent them back ten yards leading to the Crayton touchdown reception. Early in the fourth quarter Barber came in for a carry on a third and short deep in Seattle territory. He was stuffed and lost a yard. Dallas had to settle for a field goal.
2005 Week 4 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber was a not a factor for the most part. He was used on two short yardage plays, but failed to convert on either one.
2005 Week 6 vs NYG (11 / 30 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Barber had only one carry for two yards in the first half. After halftime, Barber split time with Anthony Thomas pretty evenly. He had ten carries for 28 yards in the second half. Barber had runs of eleven and eight yards. However, his other nine carries went for 11 yards. Barber was the Cowboys' third down back of choice and contributed receptions of fifteen and six yards.
2005 Week 7 vs SEA (22 / 95 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Barber looked very impressive in this game. He exploded through holes and broke tackles piling up 95 yards rushing. Barber showed good shoulder lean and destroyed SS Michael Boulware in the hole on one particularly impressive run. Of note, Barber entered the game as the feature running back on all third down and long situations and was in the game on both of the Dallas trips into the red zone in the fourth quarter. Also of note, Barber fumbled once, but a Cowboy recovered the ball.
2005 Week 8 vs ARI (27 / 127 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Barber made a statement today and also may have brought about a running back by committee situation when Julius Jones returns to health. On the day he ran 27 times for a career high 127 yards and two touchdowns. He showed great vision to the holes, hitting them decisively and with power. He showed excellent power and drive as both of the touchdown runs were plays where a lesser RB might have been stopped. This was truly one of those situations where the box score does not do justice to the performance. Coach Bill Parcells gushed over Barber after the game, ``That kid will run, he will block and he will catch,'' Parcells said. ``I don't know if he's going to be Gale Sayers, I kind of doubt that. But he is a complete back. ... I'm proud of him. There's a lot of pressure on him right now.'' Barber also had two catches for 15 yards as a check down option for Bledsoe.
2005 Week 10 vs PHI (13 / 46 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite Julius Jones being pronounced healthy for the game, Barber started at running back for the Cowboys. He struggled throughout the game to find running room against the Eagles, who dominated the line of scrimmage. On the Cowboys' second series, Barber was given three consecutive carries inside the Eagles' five yard line. He found the end zone on his third attempt. His long run of the game was 26 yards and came on a draw play late in the game with the Eagles sitting back playing the pass. Barber fumbled with the Cowboys trying to run out the clock late in the game, but Dallas recovered.
2005 Week 11 vs DET (15 / 53 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber saw his first carry of the game during the opening drive, on a short yardage situation. He converted the first down. Barber was more productive at the goal line and rushed for the two Cowboys' touchdowns in the game. He saw goal line carries and rushed for a six yard touchdown during the Cowboy's first drive. In the third quarter, Barber scored his second rushing touchdown up the middle.
2005 Week 12 vs DEN (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Barber gained only 28 yards on nine carries, but he fought hard for tough yardage on short runs. Though not an absolute pattern, the Cowboys appeared to prefer Julius Jones between the 20s and Barber in the red zone. Barber's long gain was six yards.
2005 Week 13 vs NYG (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Barber gained just eight yards on two carries and saw one target that fell incomplete. Barber saw limited playing time as Julius Jones was the featured back for Dallas.
2005 Week 14 vs KC (15 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Barber was used often in the passing and rushing attacks to set up for Bledsoe. He produced well, catching everything thrown his way and providing excellent average yardage on his turns out of the offense. Barber seems to be the current favorite in the backfield for the Cowboys.
2005 Week 15 vs WAS (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Barber saw the carries in the red zone. He made an eight yard reception to gain a first down. He made a ten yard reception in the third quarter, but it was just short of a first down. Barber was able to leap over a couple of Redskins to pick up two yards and a fourth down conversion.
2005 Week 16 vs CAR (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Barber spelled Julius Jones a few times and acted as a third down back, but wasn't a factor in the game.
2005 Week 17 vs STL (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Barber and Jones produced an abysmal 53 yards on 21 carries. Jones game long of 28 yards means that on 20 other carries, Barber and Jones could produce only 25 yards. Their receiving numbers were hardly any better, as the duo caught four balls for six net yards.