RB DeMarco Murray - Free Agent
|5-10, 213||Born: 2-12-1988||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2011|
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray received less work than expected in Week 1, rushing only 16 times for 44 yards with two receptions for 16 yards. Against what was supposed to be a beat-able Raiders defensive front, the Titans seemed to struggle to establish their ground game as neither Henry nor Murray saw sustained success. Murray had one flash of brilliance with a very impressive run up the middle for 21 yards near the end of the third quarter to set up a Titans field goal. Outside of that run, Murray never rushed for more than seven yards while rushing for two or fewer yards on seven of his 12 carries. Derrick Henry took over for Murray on the second and third series of the game, but Murray resumed his role after that and for the rest of the game.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was only on the field for about half of this game against the Jaguars as he carried the ball only nine times compared to 14 carries for Derrick Henry. Murray was mostly absent in the second half, as it was revealed after the game that he was dealing with a tight hamstring. Murray looked sluggish in the time he was on the field, rarely finding room to run with a long carry of only seven yards. He did receive a couple of targets, hauling in one for a three-yard gain. Derrick Henry looked great in this game, which is not a great sign for Murray in terms of the future workload split that could be coming.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
After doubts about his ability to even suit up for this game due to a hamstring injury, Demarco Murray posted his first 100+ yard rushing performance of the season. Murray's clear highlight of the day came on a 75-yard touchdown run, the Titans longest play from scrimmage, late in the third quarter. He exhibited solid vision while running behind amazing blocks both at the line of scrimmage and all the way downfield until he made it safely into the end zone. Outside of this run, Murray was barely averaging over three yards per carry as he struggled against the Seahawks defensive front. Murray was routinely having a tough time finding space throughout the first half, but the offensive line played better as the game went on, constantly wearing down Seattle's defense. It is of note that Murray did yield a number of carries to Derrick Henry, who touched the ball only one-time fewer than Murray did.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a quiet day in Week 4 as the Texans jumped out to a very early lead which put Tennessee into a game script that would not favor rushing the ball nearly as much as they would typically plan for. Murray did average 4.4 yards per attempt, but he only carried the ball seven times while adding four yards on two receptions. Murray was used in more of a committee approach with Henry in this game, only carrying the ball one more time than Henry did.
2017 Week 5 vs MIA (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray only managed 58 rushing yards on 14 carries while adding 11 receiving yards on four receptions as he and the entire Titans offense struggled. The Titans could never sustain a drive long enough for Murray to find a rhythm on the ground here. He busted off a couple of nice runs on the Titans one decent drive that set up their only touchdown, but outside of that, this game was a forgettable one. Murray also fumbled early in the game, but that surprisingly did not result in any additional touches for Derrick Henry as Murray out-touched him 18-to-4.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
The Titans rushed 34 times in Monday's victory over the Colts, with 12 of those going to Demarco Murray. Murray looked restricted for most of this game as he still appears to be dealing with lingering issues from his hamstring. Murray's longest run of the night was only seven yards as he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. He was much more effective in the passing game as Murray hauled in a couple of couple of impressive catch-and-runs in the first half to help keep drives moving. Murray did cap off an 87-yard, nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle, the first touchdown of the night for the Titans. With 16 touches for 87 yards and a touchdown, it was statistically a solid night for Murray. However, the visuals of his lingering hamstring injury combined with Derrick Henry's 19 rushing attempts has to be a concern for his workload going forward.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray gutted out a tough 59 rushing yards while catching three passes for 17 yards against the Browns. The entire Titans offense was sloppy here as they failed to score a single touchdown. Murray was limited in practice all week as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury, but he ended up receiving the majority of the workload this week as he and Derrick Henry continue their time share. Murray out-snapped Henry 43-to-30 while touching the ball 21 times to Henry's 15. Murray managed to find a wide open hole on the right side late in the second quarter as he ran untouched to a 16-yard gain, his longest play of the day. He followed that up with a nine-yard short pass to the right on the very next play. Murray had a nice power run for nine yards near the start of the second half, bouncing off tacklers before finishing with a spin move to pick up the first down. Outside of those plays, Murray had a slew of carries for no gain or less than three yards as he was bottled up by the Browns front seven.
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray and the Titans rushing offense really struggled to get anything going here as both Murray and Henry were held to single-digit carries, with Murray averaging only 2.1 yards per attempt. He really had no highlights on the ground aside from running into a clogged up offensive line. Murray's biggest contribution came through the air as he hauled in a screen pass that he took up the sideline for 17 yards to help prolong an important drive to that would inevitably salt away the Titans victory. Murray did miss some time in this game as he was sidelined with what looked to be a left knee injury, but he would return shortly afterwards.
2017 Week 10 vs CIN (14 / 42 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Demarco Murray may not have ran efficiently, but he definitely ran effectively in this last week's game against the Bengals. He set up his two-yard touchdown run with a nice misdirection run to the left side for nine yards, showing great power as he fought off opposing tacklers. While this would be his longest run of the game, Murray found plenty of ways to contribute as he also hauled in four passes for 30 receiving yards. Murray leapt in for his second touchdown of the game just before halftime as he dove over the pile from the one-yard line, extending the ball over the plane for the score. Murray made what ended up being the game-deciding play on the Titans final drive, hauling in a pass just inside the 10-yard line and banging his way to the goal line before fully extending to dive for the game-winning touchdown. This would be Murray's third touchdown of the game, his first multi-touchdown game of the season and first three-touchdown game since 2013.
2017 Week 11 vs PIT (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was not effective at all on the ground, rushing eight times for just 10 yards as the Steelers routinely stifled him and challenged the Titans offensive line. He had a few hard runs and made some great plays in the receiving game as he hauled in five receptions for 37 yards. His longest play of the game came in garbage time, hauling in a dump off for 13 yards. Despite this ineffectiveness, Murray still played over 80% of the snaps this past week-actually his second-highest snap share of the season as the Titans ran a whopping 90 plays.
2017 Week 12 vs IND (12 / 9 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray did absolutely nothing in terms of rushing productivity in this game, with all of his fantasy relevance salvaged by a lone rushing touchdown and a few passes thrown his way. Murray's 0.8 yards per rush attempt was his lowest of the season. Four of his runs went for negative yards, including one for negative nine yards on the first drive of the second half as the blocking on that play was atrocious. Murray did manage to haul in three receptions for 33 yards, including a short pass to the left that midway through the third quarter on which Murray fought down the sideline for 16 yards. This was his third game in a row with at least 30 receiving yards. Murray also found the end zone here with a goal-line plunge after Derrick Henry led the team downfield and was benched in favor of Murray for the goal line carry.
2017 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray finally had a solid game as this 66 rushing yards marked his highest rushing yardage total since Week 3. Murray's workload was equaled by Derrick Henry as they received the same amount of carries, but Murray received most of the carries throughout the first half. Murray made a nice move to pick up 13 yards on a screen midway through the second quarter for his longest reception of the day. He also had a few nice runs of over 10 yards throughout the first half as he looked explosive when in space. Late in the third, Murray showed great vision with no running lanes open in the middle of the field, bouncing a run to the outside as he picked up 22 yards and a first down. That would be Murray's last gain of the game as Derrick Henry dominated the touches in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 14 vs ARI (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray and the entire Titans offense could get nothing going against the Cardinals. Murray had a 54-yard run called back due to an offensive holding penalty in the first quarter. Outside of that play, Murray looked flat as a runner with no highlight plays worth mentioning. Murray's involvement in the passing game continued as he hauled in multiple receptions for the 10th straight game, but for just 13 yards as this didn't really help his stat line.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray saw the vast majority of carries this week as he out-touched Derrick Henry18-to-7 on the ground. The Titans really tried to establish their ground game here, but they simply could not find a rhythm with either Murray or Henry. Murray had a pair of nice nine-yard gains on first downs in the first half, including one run where he absolutely ran over rookie linebacker Reuben Foster. Outside of those plays though, Murray he was not getting much separation at all beyond the line of scrimmage as holes to run through were few and far between. His longest play of the game came just after halftime as Murray ran off the right side for 11 yards, but as the game progressed, the Titans were forced into a pass-heavy game script in which Murray was very involved as he had just one target resulting in a four-yard reception.
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (15 / 48 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray saw over 70% of the snaps for the third straight week as he rushed 15 times with three receptions compared to Derrick Henry's eight carries and one reception. Murray was not very productive at all with his 15 rushing attempts, barely averaging over three yards per carry despite finding the end zone once. Murray's touchdown run came in the third quarter as he cut back through a massive hole that looked to even surprise him by how wide it was, easily accelerating through the middle of the field into the end zone from six yards out. Murray had a nice pinball run late in the game as he nine yards down the middle of the field on what would be his longest run of the day. He did suffer a knee injury late in the game though that was later reported to be an LCL sprain which will likely rule Murray out for the final game of the season.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (13 / 42 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 35 / 2 rec)
Demarco Murray got the starting nod and ended up being the more utilized back on the day with a team high 13 carries compared to only 5 for Derrick Henry. Murray exhibited great vision on a 12-yard run on the first possession, and he looked good overall throughout the first half with most of his runs going for 4 or more yards. Murray was heavily utilized in the passing game as well, with both of his touchdowns coming through the air. The first of his 2 touchdowns was definitely the more eye-popping of the two as Murray snagged the short dump-off from play action and flipped over a defender landing on his back in the endzone Murray's other touchdown came in garbage time, a quick pass into the end zone from the 4-yard line. Murray did have an injury scare come early in the 2nd half as he limped off the field after being rolled over on after a play, but he was quickly back out there as if nothing had happened. Murray's primary mis-step of the game was a big one though as he fumbled due to flat out improper ball security, resulting in the team's second consecutive turnover to cap off an epic Titans meltdown.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (12 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was the focal point of the offense again this week.. Even with his relatively low number of carries at 12, Murray managed to grind out 89 yards on the ground, primarily aided by a 67-yard blast enabled by some very well executed blocks. Unfortunately for Murray, this long run was one of the only plays on which he had good blocking, as Murray averaged only 2 yards per carry on his other 11 attempts behind some very poor offensive line play. The more encouraging part of Murray's game was his usage through the air, as Murray managed to convert all 7 of his targets into receptions for 56 receiving yards. Murray now has 12 receptions through 2 games, which should rank him near the top among running backs in total receptions. While the usage split with Derrick Henry continues to be a threat, it is clear watching the game that Murray is a go-to target for Marcus Mariota, even when playing from behind (which they will be often).
2016 Week 3 vs OAK (16 / 114 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was the primary source of production for the Titans offense yet again this week as he cracked 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. This 100-yard rushing game was the first by a player on the Titans roster in over two seasons. Murray had a nice long run of 36 yards on the 1st drive set up by some great blocks to give him a large hold to run through. Murray scored his first rushing touchdown on the season from a play that was designed to be ran up the middle, but Murray bounced the run to the outside using his speed and sheer will to barely clip the pylon for the Titans' first and only touchdown. Murray added another five receptions (led the team) to continue his season of very consistent production both on the ground and through the air. Murray remains a very solid RB2 with upside in full PPR formats. Look for his salary to increase next week in DFS formats due to his consistent point output.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (25 / 95 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Despite the poor play around him, Demarco Murray continues to carry the Titans offense and put up very consistent performances week in and week out. Murray was the clear workhorse in the backfield here, carrying the ball 25 times compared to only three carries for Derrick Henry. Murray was much more calm through the air in this game, but all Titans receivers were limited by their quarterback's poor play in this game. Murray scored the only two touchdowns of the game for the Titans, both coming on the ground. His first touchdown came early in the 2nd quarter on a two-yard goal line plunge set up by a nice 14-yard run up the middle that had him fall just short of the goal line. The next score was also a goal line carry prompted first by a Titans interception, followed by a 14-yard reception by Murray to get them close to the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (27 / 121 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 16 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray continues to dominate this season as he surpassed 100 total yards for the 4th consecutive game this season. Murray received a season-high workload on the ground in terms of both carries and yards, looking very sharp despite not making it into the end zone. Murray continues to be heavily involved in the passing attack as he tar the 2nd most targeted option on the team and has now hauled in at least five receptions in all but one game this season. Even with Derrick Henry looking incredible behind Murray (only 7 touches to Murray's 32), Murray has a rock solid grip on this job and the majority of the offensive production for the Titans.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (21 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a rough day on the stat sheet for Demarco Murray as he rushed for his lowest total since Week 1, averaging only 3.1 yards per carry and failing to catch a pass for the first time this season. Murray was fed 21 carries, but with the Browns secondary as bad as they were, Murray's receiving talent out of the backfield was not needed since Titans receivers were getting open downfield at will. Murray did manage to find the end zone as he punched in a 3-yard rush early in the third quarter, so this helped his fantasy stat line. No worries about Murray going forward, as he will continue to be an asset to the Titans offense.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (25 / 107 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had another strong performance this week as he surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third time this season with over 100 total yards in five of seven games now. While Murray did not account for any huge gains in this game, sheer volume and consistently solid runs allowed him to average 4.3 yards per carry. This was the fourth game in a row in which Murray has exceeded 20 carries, and he now has at least one touchdown in all but two games this season. Murray's lone touchdown on the day came on a one-yard goal line plunge that could have been ruled a fumble had Murray not barely broken the plane before losing the ball. Murray added to his rushing totals by hauling in three of five targets for 20 yards.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (21 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray had another solid outing as he managed to rush for 123 yards and a touchdown while only on the field for 39 of the team's 66 snaps. Murray suffered a non-contact foot injury late in the first half that caused him to exit early to the locker room. He returned after halftime, but clearly was being held back as Derrick Henry received a much increased workload to spell Murray. Even with the injury, Murray again managed to put up very solid fantasy numbers with his second straight 100+ yard rushing performance along with very solid efficiency as he averaged nearly six yards per carry. Murray's 14-yard touchdown came on a play designed to run up the middle, but after seeing his hole stopped up, Murray bounced it to the left and used his acceleration along with a timely block by his quarterback to just barely find the pylon for the score. As far as Murray's health goes, the results of his MRI from Friday revealed no structural damage. Murray may miss some practice time, but reports are that he is likely to play in against the Chargers in Week 9.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (14 / 51 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 29 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray looked to be healthy this week, but he was really limited by the Chargers due in part to a decreased workload as he had his fewest carries (14) since Week 2 of the season. Murray was for the most part shut down for the first three quarters, with five of his seven receptions and his only touchdown (a goal line plunge) coming in the fourth quarter. On the bright side, this was Murray's fourth week in a row with a touchdown and his fifth game with at least five receptions. He will be in store for a tougher matchup next week against Green Bay.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (17 / 123 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
The day started with a bang for Murray as he took the Titans first snap to the house for a 75-yard touchdown run. The run was set up very well with a wide open hole that Murray accelerated through to the left, using his speed to then just outrun the secondary as he glided into the end zone. This would be the only touchdown scored by Murray, but not the only touchdown he was involved in. On the very next drive, the Titans executed a perfect half back pass from 10 yards out on which Murray threw the touchdown to an open Delanie Walker. Murray finished this game tied with his largest rushing total of the year at 123 yards, marking his 5th 100+ yard rushing performance of the year and 5th straight game with a rushing touchdown. Murray also added a couple of receptions for 33 yards, one of which was a loss of yards on a screen while the other reception actually went for 35 yards with Murray making an impressive one handed grab at full speed before being pushed out of bounds.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (21 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 1 rec)
Demarco Murray was surprisingly held at bay by one of the league's worst rushing defenses on Sunday, averaging only 3.3 rushing yards per carry without a single run for over eight yards. This game marked the end of Murray's franchise-tying streak of five straight games with a rushing touchdown, however he did manage to find the end zone on one of his three receptions. Murray's three-yard touchdown reception came on a play that was really manufactured by Mariota's ability to avoid a sack and step into a great throw as Murray extended across a defender's body to haul in the touchdown catch. Murray will look to get back on track next week with a solid matchup against the Bears.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (17 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
After scoring a touchdown in six consecutive weeks, Demarco Murray was finally held out of the end zone this week as Derrick Henry vultured a red zone touchdown. Murray's foot injury sustained a few weeks back may still be plaguing him, as he now has rushed for only 3.3 and 2.6 yards per carry over the past two games. Murray did add solid yardage through the air this week with a team-high five receptions for 41 yards, but overall he lacked any highlight reel plays as Derrick Henry outperformed Murray on the ground. Murray should appreciate this late bye week more than any other Titans player due to his nagging foot injury and high workload thus far this season.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (21 / 92 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a solid outing this week, as he had plenty of opportunities in a run-heavy "keep-away" game script against an elite Denver defense. Murray scored his first rushing touchdown in the past three weeks as he found his way on on a one-yard goal line plunge. Murray averaged over four yards per carry with some nice burst runs mixed in to help sustain the long Titans drives to start this game. This was however only the second game all season in which Murray failed to catch a pass. He also lost some snaps to Derrick Henry, however that should be expected considering that the Titans rushed 42 times in this game (with Murray still getting half of those).
2016 Week 15 vs KC (18 / 89 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a very productive day with 23 total touches, rushing for 89 yards and hauling in five of six targets for another 52 yards. Murray busted a short pass for 19 yards on the first play of the game--his longest gain of the day. He looked very solid throughout the day, making a few more big catches and some very solid runs. However, the red zone and goal line work just did not go in Murray's favor as Derrick Henry got both touchdowns. On the first touchdown, Murray was sidelined as Henry remained on the field for nearly an entire drive. For the second touchdown, Murray caught a long pass down to the one yard line, but was then taken out for Henry to get the goal line carry. Had Murray got at least one of those touchdowns, his fantasy day would have been much more impressive.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray fell victim to a very negative game flow for the rushing attack as the Titans were playing catch-up the entire day after falling down 10-0 early in the first quarter. Murray carried the ball only 14 times for 42 yards while adding a couple receptions for 18 with no touchdowns. The Jaguars did a good job at focusing on the run and stacking the box, especially once Cassel came in at quarterback when Mariota was injured. Under normal circumstances, Murray could have expected much more of a workload--but the game flow along with losing snaps to Derrick Henry in the red zone put a huge damper on his fantasy day.
2016 Week 17 vs HOU (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray closed the year with his worst performance yet, rushing only 10 times for 21 yards with one reception for negative yardage. With nothing to play for aside from the AFC rushing title (for which he needed only two yards), Murray was just not heavily utilized here with Derrick Henry getting four more carries than Murray. The Texans rushing defense has been very tough this season, and after the game Murray admitted to playing through a torn plantar plate in his foot.
2015 Week 1 vs ATL (8 / 9 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 1 rec)
About four minutes into the first quarter, DeMarco Murray's stat line, -10 rushing yards and six receiving yards, looked like a start to a bad movie where it's obvious the actors won't be able to carry the plot. The pressure that was in Bradford's face also penetrated the backfield unimpeded. The good news for Murray owners is that his usage remained largely unaffected despite the Eagles trailing by double-digit points. Bradford's lone touchdown pass was a product of Murray slipping the coverage, then forcing a missed tackle with a stutter step and bursting past the goal line. Murray was also responsible for the Eagles first touchdown on a swing right that featured premier run-blocking. His final box score, without those two touchdowns, would have certainly broke some hearts. His performance despite the box score is a reminder that he is well worth the investment.
2015 Week 2 vs DAL (13 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
There was no revenge for DeMarco Murray, nor was there much meat on the bone for him to eat. He was met by defenders before he could even look for a lane. It was so bad that he had fewer rushing yards in the first half (13 carries for 10 yards) than Tony Romo (two carries for 11 yards). He was responsible for one of the Eagles few highlights when he took a swing pass and hurdled a defender on his way to a 22-yard gain. His night was otherwise stuffed. He had a few chances around the end zone but the blocking in front of him failed to clear a path. If this trend continues, his stock is going to plummet.
2015 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
After some question about his availability, DeMarco Murray saw his first action on the Eagles second series and promptly took a handoff for 30 yards on a beautiful cut and run. That, however, would be his only successful run of the day. His next seven carries only netted six total yards, with not a single one gaining more than three yards. It's wasn't clear if he was on a pitch count, or if the game script limited his opportunities, but he did at least lead all running backs in snap counts (25). What was clear is how ineffective the Eagles ground game was against a tough defensive front. Furthermore, with Bradford taking more shots down the field, Murray's presence as a check-down was all but erased. If there's any positive to squeeze from his mediocre performance, it's that he looked healthy and didn't suffer any setbacks.
2015 Week 5 vs NO (20 / 83 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 37 / 0 rec)
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as they say. DeMarco Murray had 27 touches against the Saints, and made them count. Not every run was setup by free-flowing blocking, as he was met and stuffed at the line plenty of times. But when the blocking was there, Murray showed the vision and skill that landed him a big contract in the off season, particularly in the second quarter with a cut and run for 24 yards. He was effective out of the backfield as a receiver, catching seven of his eight targets (unfortunately, those targets were short and lacked useful blocking), and dominated snap counts with 43 (Darren Sproles was second with 25, Ryan Mathews third with 20). Without question, the running game was fully operational and Murray was the center point. He capped it off with a four-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that sealed an Eagles' victory. There are still concerns with the offensive line, particularly with the guards. The Saints aren't known for their run stuffing abilities but were still able to close up running lanes repeatedly. Murray can break tackles, but not walls.
2015 Week 6 vs NYG (22 / 109 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
It took six games but DeMarco Murray finally rushed for more than 100 yards. He was excellent when asked to run straight forward rather than sideline to sideline. But even when running left to right, something Kelly favors, Murray showed off his lateral agility by changing direction and one-cutting towards the running lanes when they opened. For most of the night the Eagles offensive line held strong against a soft Giants defensive front. As a result, Murray was able to chew up yardage on his way to nearly five yards a carry. He may have had his best run of the season on a sweep to the right in which he stiff-armed a defender to the ground on his way to the end zone. With a little over three minutes left , Murray was asked to be the closer, and proceeded to carry the ball four more times for 36 yards to ice the game.
2015 Week 7 vs CAR (18 / 65 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Last week, DeMarco Murray dominated the Giants defense. This week, the only thing he dominated was the market share of snap counts among his teammates. He, of course, wasn't solely at fault for a mediocre box score. Rarely did he have a free lane to cut into and was often met by defenders before the play could develop. He broke a beautiful run to the left in the second quarter, only to have it called back for holding. Occasionally, he broke through tackles but still managed only 3.6 yards per carry and didn't factor into the passing game.
2015 Week 9 vs DAL (18 / 83 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
In his first trip back to Dallas since he was signed by the Eagles, DeMarco Murray put together the highest yardage total of his season in an outstanding effort. His six catches for 78 yards were second on the team and his 83 rushing yards led the team. The box score, however, is a little misleading; over half (55 percent) of Murray's carries went for three yards are less. But his offensive line was able to clear the way to chunk yardage, particularly on a 20-yard left sweep in overtime. He was more impressive as a receiver, hauling in six of seven targets and racking up 13 yards per catch. Most of his receiving yards came early in the third quarter on 44-yard wheel route when he blew past linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Bradford dropped a perfect pass over the top and Murray, looking backwards, easily made a nice catch down the sideline. Murray's lone touchdown came in the second quarter from one yard out. It was more a product of power blocking by the offensive line than power running by Murray. The most important takeaway is the trust he has earned from both his coach and quarterback. This team is noted for dropped passes--something that won't show up on his stat sheet this week. His production as a receiver, pass blocker and power runner will keep him on the field.
2015 Week 10 vs MIA (22 / 61 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray saw a heavier workload after Ryan Mathews was sidelined with a head injury. Unfortunately, that workload didn't materialize into a big payoff for fantasy owners. The ground game in general wasn't pretty (Eagles running backs averaged just 2.3 yards per carry in this contest), especially in the second half. He got tangled up a few times with his quarterback (Mark Sanchez in as the backup) during routine handoffs. He didn't find a lot of room to run with the Dolphins defense controlling the line of scrimmage for most of the game. He was, however, great as a receiver and ultimately contributed 119 combined yards. His eight targets and six receptions both ranked second among Eagles players. Depending on what happens, Murray might see a drop in production going forward if Sanchez ends up as the starter. The read-option, should it be a major part of the game plan, favors tight ends more than running backs. The good news is he'll see a lot more targets as a receiver. Forty-two of his 58 receiving yards came with Sanchez under center.
2015 Week 11 vs TB (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray was held out of the endzone for a second straight week. His 91 total yards might as well be the bright spot. They didn't come with a lot of flashy offensive wrinkles but were more a result of his ability to manufacture yards even when the blocking was subpar. He nearly made a costly mistake on his very first carry of the game when he had the ball knocked out of his arms. Fortunate for him, the defender that recovered the ball fumbled while making an effort to score a touchdown and the Eagles were able to recover. The net result was a first down deep on their side of the field. But with them playing from behind for most of the game, he saw his fewest amount of carries since Week 4. He also played the fewest amount of snaps since Week 4, which is unfortunate given the fact that Ryan Mathews was ruled out of this game. Outside of the fumble, Murray looked good on the field when his offensive line gave him a chance, averaging nearly five yards per tote.
2015 Week 12 vs DET (14 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray had one of his worst games on Thanksgiving. Some of it can be blamed on usage, the rest of it can be blamed on the fact that the Eagles fell behind early and were forced into a narrow game script. The box score pretty much tells the story; 19 of Murray's 30 yards came on one carry. He was otherwise gobbled up by the Lions front seven. He had a chance at touchdown in the second quarter but was stuffed just short of the goal line. The rest of the day was forgettable. The play calling continuously had him running parallel to the line of scrimmage rather than towards it-an unfortunate habit this season-and with the score out of hand, the Eagles were forced to abandon the run altogether.
2015 Week 13 vs NE (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
One would think with the Eagles in clear clock-killing mode for a good portion of the second half, DeMarco Murray would reap the benefits. Instead, he touch the ball only eight times. Seven of those touches accumulated only seven yards, with his only highlight of the afternoon coming on blast up the middle for 17 yards. He played only 14 snaps to Darren Sproles' 35 and just barely edged Kenjon Barner's 12. It was the least amount of playing time he has seen all year when healthy. Clearly, Chip Kelly has either lost faith in Murray, or he is dealing with an undisclosed injury. Whatever the case, baffling usage and even worse blocking aligns him as the fantasy bust of the year, an honor he would be running away with if not for Eddie Lacy.
2015 Week 14 vs BUF (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
After all the talk of DeMarco Murray being relegated to fourth string and possibly not even being active for this game, he ended up playing the second most snaps among running backs and handled the second most carries. All told, it wasn't a great day rushing for the Eagles with the exception of a few highlights. Only one of those highlights belonged to Murray when he cut and pounded ahead for a seven yard gain. The rest of his day was a combination of a few nice four-yard carries, accompanied with six carries for three yards or less. Overall, he looked effective and decisive. The offensive line struggled to make much room for any of their backs.
2015 Week 15 vs ARI (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray didn't even get a carry until the third quarter, and ended up touching the ball just twice on eight snaps. It was one of his worst ever box scores and there's nothing to suggest that his usage is going to increase to close out the season. Ryan Mathews started the game was the only effective Eagles running back. After chipping away at a few short carries, his best run of the night came on a quick pitch that he sprung for 20 yards down the field, ultimately setting up the Eagles first touchdown of the game. A little bit better blocking from Josh Huff and he might have scored. The rest of the night wasn't great. He was stuffed on a fourth-and-inches late in the first half. Then fumbled late in the third with his team trailing by 13. That turnover was especially painful as it came right after his quarterback fumbled on their previous series. He was also the target of a pass that was intercepted. It's hard to say who was at fault but it certainly looked like Mathews was in the right place and the pass was poorly placed. All things being equal, his 5.2 yards per carry was respectable considering the Cardinals defense has allowed just 3.9 per game on the season and the fourth fewest rushing yards in the league.
2015 Week 16 vs WAS (5 / 27 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Trailing for most of the game, the Eagles ran the ball just 14 times for 41 yards, not including Sam Bradford's scrambles. DeMarco Murray accounted for most of those yards, with 12 of his 27 coming on one play. His one highlight in this game came late in the third quarter when he took a 3rd and 3 carry from the Washington four-yard line and plowed through a wall of defenders into the end zone. But on his next touch, with the Eagles down by six, he dropped the quick-toss from Bradford, which was scooped up by the defense and returned for six the other way. In the end, he played the least amount of snaps of all running backs, and can now look forward to someone else calling plays.
2015 Week 17 vs NYG (12 / 69 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray and Chip Kelly's system weren't compatible. Usually, it's preferable to call plays that allow a between-the-tackles runner to run between the tackles rather than parallel to the line of scrimmage. Yet, game after game, play after play, there was No. 29, bouncing towards the sidelines and often met by defenders in the backfield. But when given opportunity and good blocking - a trait every runner needs regardless of skill set - Murray proved capable of pushing forward and pounding through defenders. Such was the case on his first carry of the day - a 54-yard touchdown powered by great blocking and just enough speed to elude the chasing safety. It was the longest run of his season - a rare occasion where his blockers cleared a monster hole and he was able to square his shoulders and take advantage of his natural abilities as a runner. Unfortunately, his 11 other attempts gained 15 total yards, as if the ghost of Kelly controlled the playbook.
2014 Week 1 vs SF (22 / 118 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Murray was one of the few highlights for the Dallas offense as a consistent chain-mover when drives were successful. Even with an early deficit, the play-calling was more balanced than recent seasons as Murray saw 16 carries in the first half for nearly 100 yards. Murray's pad level was outstanding and he regularly churned out yards after contact. An early fumble, returned for a touchdown, was the lone blemish for Murray against the 49ers. In the second half, understandably, Dallas took to the air and Murray saw six carries. He converted his goal line attempt late in the third quarter to round out his stat line. No other Dallas running back saw a carry this week.
2014 Week 2 vs TEN (29 / 167 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week Murray was the centerpiece of the Dallas offense and had high-efficiency on high volume. The Cowboys backup running backs had 14 carries because of the lopsided score as the second half progressed. Murray had only one reception, but that was due to the subbing out after repetitive strong gains and yards after contact on his 29 carries. Murray's blemishes were a fumble, his second in as many weeks, near midfield, halting a likely scoring drive and a drop on third down late in the game. Murray's combination of power and speed, in addition to his passing game prowess, has been one of the few bright spots for the Dallas offense through an uneven 1-1 start.
2014 Week 3 vs STL (24 / 100 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Murray contributed to the 21-point early game deficit at St.Louis this week, but was also the main reason Dallas came back and won the game over the final two-and-a-half quarters; Murray fumbled on an outlet reception as Dallas squandered a scoring opportunity. Throughout the game, Murray won collisions against linebackers and secondary defenders of the Rams. On Murray's 44-yard jaunt in the second half, a quick flip and well-blocked edge fueled the open field opportunity. In short-yardage situations, Murray converted a goal line carry to get the Cowboys comeback effort started in the first half and was stuffed on third-and-one later in the game. Through three games, it is apparent that DeMarco Murray is the centerpiece of the Dallas offense regardless of game situation.
2014 Week 4 vs NO (24 / 149 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Murray was even more efficient than his six yards-per-carry stat line during the middle of the game as Dallas opened up a huge lead over New Orleans. Murray was stuffed on his first three carries of the game and accumulated carries at the end of the game when Dallas curled into a shell on offense. Murray converted three short-yardage situations and regularly ripped off gains of 5-15 yards apiece. The Saints front seven struggled to shed blocks and Murray was a matchup problem for secondary defenders in one-on-one situations. On both rushing touchdowns, Dallas' offensive line, plus Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, contributed blocks to spring Murray for the score. Murray was not a significant factor in the passing game this week as Lance Dunbar was the primary receiver out of the backfield.
2014 Week 5 vs HOU (31 / 136 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
It was tough-sledding for Murray against Houston in the early possessions of the game. As the game progressed, Murray found more running lanes and the 3-to-5-yard runs turned into 6-to-15 yards at a time. Murray converted all three of his third-and-short opportunities this week, but fumbled in the red zone on one of them killing a scoring drive. Murray's patience picking a hole and finding cutback lanes has been an underrated element of his game this season. Late in the game, Murray's receiving prowess fueled Dallas' final drive of regulation (ultimately a missed field goal attempt) as he shed tackles to get out of bounds and found open running lanes in the middle of the field. This was another high-volume, productive day for Murray in what has been the strongest five-game stretch of his career to-date. Murray has 25 or more touches and at least 100 rushing yards in all five games this season.
2014 Week 6 vs SEA (29 / 115 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Murray logged another 35 touches this week as the centerpiece of the Dallas offense. Seattle's defense held Murray in check between the tackles and in one-on-one situations in space for the first 55 minutes of the game. Murray gained minimal yardage after the point of contact over that span. In the closing minutes, however, Murray ripped off his two best runs of the game as Dallas took the lead for good. Murray broke multiple arm tackles on his way to a 25+ yard gain into field goal range. He then followed it up with two cutbacks against the grain inside for the game-winning touchdown with three minutes remaining. Dallas kept feeding Murray and like the great running backs, he eventually broke an impactful play to change the game. Murray is on a historic workload pace through six games (453 touches), but has been a huge part of Dallas' 5-1 record.
2014 Week 7 vs NYG (28 / 128 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Through a mid-game ankle tweak and taping, Murray managed to set an NFL record with his seventh straight game of at least 100 yards rushing to start the season. Outside of a vintage Murray run early in the game - getting up to speed, shaking a linebacker, then running over a safety for 17 yards - the Giants held him in check. Well into the second quarter, Murray found room to operate, showing off a stiff arm to the edge before his biggest play of the first half. With a help of a gashing hole by the offensive line, Murray got to the edge prior to going down on his own with an ankle injury. Back on the field in the mid-third quarter, it was apparent that Murray's movement was limited. The explosion, cutting ability, and power that fueled Murray hot start to the season was lacking now. Dallas continued to feed him with carries. Outside of huge holes, Murray gained what was blocked. Until the fourth quarter, Murray was without a reception and in danger of his first game without passing game work since 2011. In addition to his only reception of the game, Murray made his biggest impact in the final minutes. He converted a goal line carry, stretching the ball over the goal line through a muddled pile of linemen to put Dallas up 28-14 prior to converting a third-and-short situation with four minutes left. A final chuck gain with a huge hold and cutback angle sealed the victory for Dallas.
2014 Week 8 vs WAS (19 / 141 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)
Dallas' offensive line opened wide running lanes throughout the game as Murray was able to accelerate into defenders at the second level. Murray was on a high yardage pace with 40 yards in the first quarter and 120 by the middle of the second quarter. He was ripping off chunk gains in the passing game as well. Murray burst up the sidelines after a flat route reception, only to get the ball ripped away as he fought for the final yard or two. Despite the strong start for Murray in the first half, the Cowboys did little to convert all those yards into points. Again in the second half Murray showed his outside speed for a long gain, this time down to the five-yard-line. Murray and Brandon Weeden fumbled a handoff exchange in the fourth quarter, which Dallas recovered. Murray was held out of the end zone and, despite churning out over 200 total yards, was a contributor to Dallas' loss to Washington with two fumbles, including one in the red zone.
2014 Week 9 vs ARI (19 / 79 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Murray did not have his way with the active Arizona rush defense this week. Sporadic chunk gains were mixed with little room to operate at the line of scrimmage. Murray did have two rushes, totaling 17 yards, called back by a holding and tripping penalty. While there were no touchdown opportunities near the goal line or in the open field, Murray did have a few highlight runs. One came on a screen pass as Murray reversed his field, turning a loss into a five-yard gain. Another came as Murray beat a run blitz, showed patience at the second level, and churned a 17-yard gain after-contact on the play. On short-yardage opportunities, Murray converted third-and-one early in the game, but was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter. Dallas was in field goal range, down 14-10 with 10 minutes remaining, and Murray had no chance to accelerate to an opening up the middle. Murray's streak of eight 100-yard games to open a season ends, but he was one of the few bright spots as Dallas struggled to move the ball against the Cardinals.
2014 Week 10 vs JAX (19 / 100 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Murray has seen at least 23 touches in every game this season and against Jacksonville this week was no exception. Dallas' offensive line made Murray's initial yardage a breeze at times with 5-10 yards of open field prior to Murray encountering a defender. Murray shook a defender in the backfield and turned a five-yard loss into a seven-yard gain when faced with defensive penetration. Murray also converted a third-and-short carry with a heavy personnel package. After 71 yards in the first half and ripping off 20 yards to the outside in the third quarter, Murray was on the sidelines in the blowout win.
2014 Week 12 vs NYG (24 / 121 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Murray saw all but one of the running back touches for the Cowboys in their divisional road tilt against the Giants. Early on it was tough sledding against the New York front seven, but things opened up in the second half. Murray got to the edge on multiple occasions during Dallas' comeback effort to get 10+ yards at a time. He converted a short-yardage carry on the final, game-winning, drive, but did not see any overt touchdown opportunities this week. Murray has logged 23 or more touches in every game this season and has rushed for 100 or more yards in 10-of-11 contests. His touchdown-less streak is now up to four games. With the strength of the offensive line and the Murray-centric nature of the Dallas offense, better games are ahead.
2014 Week 13 vs PHI (20 / 73 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 40 / 0 rec)
Another week, another 20 or more touches for Murray as the centerpiece of the Dallas offense. The Eagles were impressive in their run defense; however, as Murray's typical chunk gains were few and far between. Despite eight carries in the first quarter, Murray and the offensive line mustered only 22 yards on the ground. A well-blocked goal line carry for a first half touchdown was commonplace for the first three months of the season, but an aberration against Philadelphia. Murray had a stretch of three carries for close to 20 yards from the shadow of Dallas' end zone in the second quarter as a quality stretch. Also, Murray came out with strong production in the early third quarter. A second touchdown was inches away for Murray as he stepped out of bounds prior to extending for the pylon on another third quarter carry. Late in the game, Murray padded his receiving production with two garbage time receptions for 25 yards. He was stuffed on a fourth-and-one attempt in the middle of the fourth quarter that essentially iced the game. This marks only the second game of the season where Murray averaged less than 4.0 yards-per-carry. Dallas gets the Eagles, in Philadelphia, again in two weeks.
2014 Week 14 vs CHI (32 / 179 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 49 / 0 rec)
Murray continued his chase of 2,000 yards this season with a monster workload in Dallas' victory over Chicago. He logged eight receptions in the first half alone, tops by any running back in the first 30 minutes of a game dating back to 2012. Murray had 10 touches on one Dallas touchdown alone, which ended with Murray converting a fourth-and-goal plunge from the one-yard-line. The offensive line dominated as the game wore on and Dallas opened up a sizeable lead. Murray ripped off three gains of at least 25 yards in the fourth quarter alone, much of which was credited to the offensive line opening gaping holes up the middle. Murray's workload is on a historic clip, but continues to look fresh and all reports are he is in the best shape of his career. Murray has had at least 23 touches in every game this season and is on pace for 459 touches in the regular season alone.
2014 Week 15 vs PHI (31 / 81 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Murray logged 32 more touches this week, but the Eagles defense was up to the challenge from the NFL's leading rusher. Most of Murray's yards came on a handful of carries where Dallas' offensive line dominated at the point of attack. Many times, Murray was stuffed at the line of scrimmage and, if not for his two goal line touchdowns, would have finished with a dreadful stat line. Murray was stopped on a crucial third-and-one carry in the fourth quarter and logged an uncharacteristic holding penalty in pass protection as well. It was revealed after the game Murray sustained a broken hand bone against the Eagles and is having surgery on the injury. It is not yet determined how much time Murray will potentially miss as a result. Joseph Randle has been the more productive runner between the tackles while Lance Dunbar has been the receiving specialist on the rare occasion Murray has been off the field this season.
2014 Week 16 vs IND (22 / 58 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As Murray pronounced early in the week, he did play against the Colts and saw a decent chunk of the backfield touches prior to the Cowboys calling it a day in the blowout home win. Interior yards were tough to come by for Murray as Indianapolis stacked the box and got consistent penetration at the line of scrimmage. Seven touches in the first quarter resulted in just 16 yards for Murray. A majority of Murray's yards in the first half came on three carries, all of which were well-blocked by the offensive line. Murray appeared to favor his injured hand multiple times and did not have the same aggression at the point of contact as in previous games this season. Murray converted his lone goal line opportunity and logged one more chunk gain in the third quarter prior to the main starters exiting for Dallas with a comfortable win. Joseph Randle was in the mix more than usual, even early in the game, and with the big lead there was little reason to keep plowing Murray into traffic as the game wore on.
2014 Week 17 vs WAS (20 / 100 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Murray played a full slate of snaps against Washington to close his historic regular season. He broke the Dallas franchise rushing record with a 32-yard gallop on third-and-one in the first half, previously held by Emmitt Smith. The Washington defense stuffed held their own at the line of scrimmage, limiting Murray's yards to a handful of chunk gains. Murray churned through contact on his red zone touchdown run. He also added a facemask penalty late in the game, called on a strong stiff arm. Murray finishes the season with at least 20 touches in each game and he has performed well through his hand surgery and recovery the past two games.
2014 Week 18 vs DET (19 / 75 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Despite 97 total yards, Murray was held in check by the Detroit front seven and limited to a handful of chunk gains. When Murray had a head of steam, he churned out yards after contact. However, the Lions stacked up the line of scrimmage on a majority of Murray's between-the-tackles looks. Murray threw in a dropped outlet target for good measure in a non-descript opening half. In the second half, Murray balanced out Dallas' offense during their comeback effort. Murray ripped off gains of 10 and 14 yards respectively, including running over a defender to finish off one of the runs. Murray converted a red zone carry, but was called back by a Jason Witten holding penalty at the point of attack. On the same drive, Murray was stuffed on a third down goal line prior to converting on a fourth down plunge.
2014 Week 19 vs GB (25 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The first half DeMarco Murray was filled with hard yards and short-yardage conversions in the playoff loss in Green Bay. Murray rarely saw a well-blocked hole at the line of scrimmage and the Packers front seven penetrated the backfield on occasion. Murray did, however, convert three third-and-one opportunities, including one in field goal range. On Murray's highlight run of the first half, he turned a loss into a three-yard gain with a broken tackle behind the line of scrimmage. In the third quarter, a promising Dallas drive stalled with Murray losing a fumble near midfield. Without a rogue arm knocking the ball away Murray had a wide open lane for a substantial gain. Green Bay got a field goal out of the short field, eating away at Dallas' tenuous lead. Murray finally found running room with a well-blocked edge, nearly scoring at the pylon. Murray finished off the drive with a goal line touchdown. Two more plays highlighted Murray's strong playoff performance. He absorbed a hit at the line of scrimmage, spinning away for five yards. Later, Murray benefited from the strong blocking of Dez Bryant downfield plus a huge hole for 30 yards.
2013 Week 1 vs NYG (20 / 86 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 39 / 0 rec)
More than an impact player, Murray was a sustaining element in the Dallas offense against the Giants this week. He amassed 28 total touches, gaining yards primarily by lowering his pads and running through defenders after contact. As the Giants secondary limited the downfield chances in the passing game, Murray saw ten targets, second to only Miles Austin on the day. There were no goal line opportunities of note for the Dallas ground game as Murray was the clear workhorse back with only two running back touches going to a player other than Murray. While the Cowboys are a pass-heavy team by nature, their 68-32 pass-run ratio in this game was more slanted than can be expected in games where they are leading.
2013 Week 2 vs KC (12 / 25 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Murray had a tough day against the Chiefs. On the ground, there were few holes at the point of attack and Murray commonly ran into contact. He lowered his shoulders for an extra yard or two at the end of interior runs instead of eluding oncoming defenders. Most of his rushing attempts ended as soon as they started, including his lone goal line attempt. At the half, Murray totaled just eight rushes for 16 yards. Murray saw far more room in the passing game in the second half as he ended the day as the second-leading receiver for Dallas. Despite the Cowboys being in the game score-wise for all but the close seconds, the passing game, not Murray, was the sustaining element to move the ball.
2013 Week 3 vs STL (26 / 175 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Murray had shades of his 2012 breakout game against St.Louis as he dominated the Dallas game plan this week. From the outset the Rams defensive line struggled to gain any penetration or set the perimeter against Murray in the run game. Murray gained chunks of yardage with regularity as he had 86 rushing yards by the end of the first quarter alone. He ran through arm tackles at the end of runs, but often gained five or more yards before there was a defender in his path. The Dallas offensive line had a great day. His 175-yard with a touchdown performance could have been much bigger as he was stopped twice at the goal line on an early drive, one a shoestring tackle, another a spin move that did not work inside the five-yard-line. In the second half, Murray had a big gain called back by penalty which would have put him close to 200 yards on the day. All of his production came through three quarters as Lance Dunbar and Philip Tanner had mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. This was a game where Murray could have set records if Dallas had chosen to give him enough carries.
2013 Week 4 vs SD (14 / 70 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)
It was a ho-hum game for Murray as he saw 14-of-15 running back carries against San Diego. He gained what was blocked, but little more on the ground. On a handful of carries the offensive line opened a clear running lane for Murray, but the back did not create on his own with any regularity. In the passing game, Murray, along with Jason Witten, was a safety blanket for Tony Romo. With the Cowboys trailing for most of the fourth quarter, Murray saw little action late in the game. There were no goal line carries for Murray and he did not have a chance for a touchdown on any touch in this game.
2013 Week 5 vs DEN (12 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
In a game that featured nearly 100 total points, Murray was one of the few players with a relatively quiet performance. Murray totaled just 48 yards and was held in check outside of two well-blocked carries in the game. Yards after contact were tough to come by and Murray was not active in the passing game despite over 500 yards through the air for the Cowboys. Murray lowered his shoulder on his touchdown carry as he met a defender at the goal line. He had another opportunity for a score on a red zone carry, but stumbled in the open field following a sharp cut at the second-level of the defense.
2013 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 29 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Murray was a featured element of the Cowboys offense early in the game. He was active on the opening drive, which Murray capped off with a short touchdown run. He had nine touches by the middle of the second quarter, but a knee injury sidelined Murray for the rest of the game. His status next week is up in the air. Murray made it through five games and a quarter of action until this injury. It opened the door for Joseph Randle to see significant work as Dallas controlled the clock in the second half against Washington.
2013 Week 9 vs MIN (4 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 19 / 0 rec)
In Murray's first game back after a knee injury, he saw a limited amount of work as Dallas relied on the short passing game against Minnesota. Murray had seven first half touches for 44 yards, but was nearly invisible in the final 30 minutes. Lance Dunbar saw more work with Murray on the sidelines. Murray was efficient with his touches, however, showing patience at the line-of-scrimmage before cutting past a linebacker for a big gain on the ground. He also converted a third-and-short situation with great leverage. On an outlet reception in the first half, Murray cut all the way across the field, picking up blockers along the way, for a first down when little running room was available. Murray's knee injury did not appear to limit him in the first half nor did he sustain a hit that slowed him, but his snap count and involvement in the offense waned in the second half. He came up short on a third down rushing attempt and gained minimal yardage on an outlet reception later in the game. With just ten touches and no red zone work, it was a non-descript performance for Murray in an advantageous matchup against Minnesota.
2013 Week 10 vs NO (16 / 89 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Murray was the lone bright spot for a Dallas offense that struggled to piece together successful plays all game in New Orleans. Murray had most of his carries early in the game as the Saints raced out to a huge lead by halftime. Dallas' offensive line and tight ends were able to seal the edge for perimeter runs with regularity and Murray took advantage with a gallop of 35 yards on his biggest play of the game, running through arm tackles along the way. Murray appeared back to full strength, decisively cutting and lowering his shoulder for additional yardage between the tackles. On Dallas' lone sustained drive, Murray was the centerpiece, getting around the corner on a draw play for the red zone touchdown. This game marked Murray's highest carry total since Week three. With Murray healthy going into Dallas' bye week, he is in-line for a high volume of usage with better game scripts against the Giants and Raiders.
2013 Week 12 vs NYG (14 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Murray had a solid, but unspectacular, day against the Giants. New York's defense has been playing much better since their Week one matchup against Dallas and the big plays were limited. Murray was able to run through arm tackles with regularity and had his burst back to gain the edge on an outside running play. Dallas' offensive line occasional got a good push, which allowed four or five yards before Murray initiated contact. Murray was a needed sustaining element to the offense on two drives and an outlet receiver that Romo used when the Giants dialed up the pass rush. While there were no goal line opportunities for Murray, or the Dallas offense as a whole, it was a solid performance for Murray and he emerged without an injury heading into their annual Thanksgiving game.
2013 Week 13 vs OAK (17 / 63 / 3 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
It was tough-sledding on the ground for Murray against Oakland. His effort after initial contact was high as usual, but he was consistently engaged in the backfield by an active Raiders front seven. At the goal line and in short-yardage situations, however, Murray and the offensive line were at their best. Murray converted all three of his goal line carries, two with great blocking in front of him. Late in the game, Murray converted both third-and-one opportunities to keep the clock moving. On the final drive, Murray had an impressive stiff arm in addition to two strong runs as he got to the perimeter for big gains. Lance Dunbar was in a near 50-50 split on the field with Murray in the second half prior to leaving the game with an injury. Murray saw the field exclusively late in the contest with Dunbar available. In the passing game, Murray was active; catching all five of his targets, but was not able to break into the open field.
2013 Week 14 vs CHI (18 / 146 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Murray took full advantage of a good matchup against Chicago. He was the centerpiece of Dallas' offensive successes early in the game. Murray saw four straight rushes to open the game for 37 yards and over 50 total yards on the first drive. The running lanes were plentiful and Murray's burst easily got him to the second level to lower his shoulder at the end of his attempts. On the first three drives (two resulting in Dallas touchdowns) Murray amassed 99 rushing yards. Dallas did not sustain many drives in the second half, limiting Murray's opportunities at a huge game. In the end, Chicago showed little resistance and Murray averaged over eight yards per carry. With a closer game in the second half, 200 or more rushing yards were in the cards for Murray. Joseph Randle saw exclusive carries in the final minutes of the blowout loss.
2013 Week 15 vs GB (18 / 134 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Murray looked sharp from the first snap of the game, cutting well and showing power to finish his runs hard. The offensive line routinely got push against Green Bay's front seven and Murray's burst gained yards to the perimeter. In the first quarter alone, Murray had nearly 80 yards on the ground as he was rarely obstructed before five yards downfield. Before the half, Murray converted a goal line carry and he was on his way to a huge game. Despite Dallas having a 26-3 halftime lead, they abandoned the run game. After the Cowboys scored on the opening possession of the third quarter, they ran the ball just three times the rest of the game. Murray was red hot as the centerpiece of the offense, but rarely saw the ball after his impressive start. As Dallas squandered their big lead, Murray's frustration was visible as he ripped his helmet off and yelled in disgust as the team abandoned the run game. Murray had 22 touches for the game and over 150 total yards, but the early dominance of the Dallas rushing attack had Murray poised for well over 200 yards.
2013 Week 16 vs WAS (22 / 96 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
Murray saw more than 20 touches for the fourth straight game against Washington. Outside of breaking a huge 40-yard gain in the second quarter, it was tough sledding inside for Murray on the day. After converting a goal line carry early in the game, Murray was stuffed on two straight attempts late in the game after being tackled at the one-yard-line to set up the offense in scoring range. On third-and-goal from the one-yard-line, with Dallas trailing by six points, Murray made an egregious error. As Washington penetrated the line of scrimmage, Murray backtracked and reversed his field in the backfield, only to lose nearly 10 yards. That set up the play of the game, a fourth-and-goal from outside the 10-yard-line. Murray redeemed himself with a reception in the flat that he took into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
2013 Week 17 vs PHI (17 / 51 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Most of Murray's success against the Eagles came in the first half. He was active in the passing game and showed power finishing his runs with a lowered shoulder and helmet. Murray had three gains of at least 10 yards in the game, accounting for much of his production. He had a fumble on Dallas' opening possession of the game, stalling a drive in field goal range. After that loose carry, Murray made a concerted effort to wrap two hands around the ball to finish runs. As the game progressed to more passing in the second half, Murray's involvement waned. However, he did convert a third down toss play where he accelerated to the corner. On a similar play later in the second half, Murray came up just short of the first down marker. Murray closed the season with his five straight game of 20 or more touches and 90 or more total yards.
2012 Week 1 vs NYG (20 / 131 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray had an excellent performance against the Giants on Wednesday and was deserved to score with his effort. Murray ran shotgun draws, outside runs, power plays and was always a threat to the Giants secondary to break the big run. Early in the game, Murray was taken down early and had limited impact but his performance got better with every carry. The Giants looked tired as the game progressed and Murray took advantage. Murray is a very tough runner that is hard to tackle and always gives 100% full effort. He always fell forward on running plays, never getting pushed back when he had momentum and did more than enough to provide his team with a valuable resource like a rushing attack. Murray found the hole in the defense on running plays very well and always made the Giants pay when they made a mistake with poor gap control or tackling. Murray's only mistake came as the ball got jarred loose at the end of a play but luckily WR Austin was able to save the turnover. Murray did have an incredulous run late in the game; Murray slipped through two tackles in the backfield and proceeded to run down the sideline for a very explosive and exciting play that left the Giants defense baffled. He is the excellent do-it-all RB that will get the workload for his team and is sure to be successful with it.
2012 Week 2 vs SEA (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Dallas offense, Murray's day was a real struggle. Never able to muster anything longer than nine yards, Murray was shut down by the stout Seattle rush defense. On an otherwise listless day, Murray's best run was probably a two-yard run on 3rd and one. Appearing to be stuffed on the stretch run, Murray was able to find space and dove for the first down. It appeared at the time to be a big conversion, but like every drive (but one) for Dallas, it ultimately fizzled out. The very next play saw a gaping hole, but as Murray burst through, a Seattle defender was able to get just enough of Murray's foot to cut the run down a mere four-yard gain. The space was there, it was just one of those days. Murray did a nice job catching the ball out of the backfield, including a nice screen on the Cowboys' 2nd drive, but not enough to make any difference on the score sheet.
2012 Week 3 vs TB (18 / 38 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Murray had a solid game against Tampa Bay considering he was not called on often in key situations. Despite having 18 carries, the Cowboys looked to run primarily to set up the passing game. And once the passing game was moving the chains Murray became and afterthought. He ran hard but the Dallas offensive line had a hard time keeping the Tampa Bay defensive ends from crashing in to the backfield almost immediately. Murray's best run came on a touchdown where he showed excellent vision and patience. Murray's touchdown came on a play to the left sideline. Upon taking the handoff, Murray appeared to be jogging slowly towards the line. However, at the last possible moment he cut upfield to weave between the defense before doing a forward dive in to the left pylon for a score. The play showed excellent acceleration and patience not displayed in the past by Felix Jones.
2012 Week 4 vs CHI (11 / 24 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
The Cowboys opened the game with a heavy dose of DeMarco Murray. But the Bears swarmed to the ball every time Murray came near it, and he finished the drive with four carries for just 10 yards. On the next series, Murray found a soft spot in the Chicago defense, and Romo dumped him the ball for a nice 20 yard catch and run. Two plays later, he took another short check-down and the ball was punched out but it was quickly recovered by the Cowboys after just a five yard gain. Murray continued to try to run the ball against Chicago, but they held him in check almost every time. He had two runs on the second drive of the third quarter for six yards - both up the gut. He also had a nice check down catch and run for 15 yards in between them. With the Cowboys falling farther and farther behind, the abandoned the run for the downfield pass, using Murray as a safety valve when the pass wasn't there. He finished the game with seven receptions, but overall he had a pretty quiet day.
2012 Week 6 vs BAL (14 / 93 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Cowboys had great success running between the tackles against the Ravens, primarily to the left side. Murray looked quick to the hole and accelerated to top speed very soon after breaking through the line. His best run came on a 28 yard rush off tackle to the left. On the play Murray took the handoff from Tony Romo and bounced off two defenders near the line of scrimmage. He quickly regained his balance and motored upfield for a huge gain. Otherwise, Murray was able to use his power to turn two and three yard gains in to five and six yard rushes. Murray was in the game for a 1st and Goal situation from the one yard line but coach Jason Garrett challenged the previous play which was ruled a Felix Jones touchdown, thus robbing Murray of a potential goalline score. Murray didn't play in the second half with a foot injury, and it will probably keep him out for at least a week, although it doesn't look like a serious season-ending injury.
2012 Week 13 vs PHI (23 / 83 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
After missing recent weeks to injury, Demarco Murray returned to the field as the Dallas starting running back. He finished the day averaging just under 4 yards per attempt. That said, he looked confident in running up the middle and displayed excellent speed to the outside when the opportunity presented itself. Murray's best run came on the first drive of the second half. On third and one the Cowboys lined up in a "power" set with a fullback and two tight ends. Murray took the handoff up the middle and was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Before his forward progress was stopped, he slid off the right side of the line and darted to the outside for a 27 yard gain. The run showed Murray has the power to try to power through the line for short yardage but also the smarts to sense when it is time to use his speed and get to the outside. Murray also ran for just over a yard on fourth and one as the third quarter was coming to an end. On the play, he took the ball off-guard to the right and managed to push forward just enough for the key first down conversion. Murray finished the day with one touchdown as well. His score came on short dash up the middle after the Cowboys had set up a first and goal situation from the one yard line. Murray also had two receptions on screen passes that garnered another nineteen yards, giving him 102 total yards on the day.
2012 Week 14 vs CIN (21 / 53 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray's stat line doesn't show it, but he ran hard and made some key plays down the stretch on a day where his offensive line was manhandled in the run game by the Bengals defensive line. Murray's long run was a mere 7 yards, and his touchdown was due to the fact that Miles Austin bobbled a would-be TD. However, this could have easily been a day where Murray toted the rock 21 times for 30 yards instead of the 53 yards he did get. Murray was also the beneficiary of some checkdowns and dumpoffs because of pressure on Tony Romo for much of the day. Murray touched the ball 8 times on the critical final drive, and all of his touches were meaninfgul.
2012 Week 15 vs PIT (14 / 81 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Murray's first carry was stopped for just two yards over right tackle. Murray's second carry went for nine yards when he broke off left tackle on third and one. On second and one, Murray cutback when running to the left for another nine yard gain into the secondary. Murray pushed his way up the middle for a four yard gain with his next carry. Murray broke free over left guard when he bounced off a poor attempted tackle from Brett Keisel and sprinted down the sideline for a big gain. Murray bounced off another Keisel tackle up the middle near the goalline,but as he tried to escape the middle of the field, James Harrison hit him to knock the ball free and Keisel recovered it for the turnover. Murray returned to the field after his fumble, but was stopped short of the first down on second and two. He got the ball again on the next snap to fight forward for three yards and a first down. On a draw play on third and 30, Murray was stopped by Ryan Clark after a three yard gain. Murray was stopped after a two yard gain up the middle on second and three. Murray looked set to get the first down on the next play running off left tackle, but Lawrence Timmons made a very athletic play to stop him for no gain. Murray broke off another big run when he ran outside left tackle before cutting back across the field and only being stopped by Troy Polamalu. Murray was stopped by the Steelers' other safety, Ryan Clark, on his next carry, but Clark stopped him in the hole at the line of scrimmage. On his next carry, Clark was more worried about Dez Bryant at the goalline, which allowed Murray to run straight through his gap for a touchdown at the goalline. Murray was active as a receiver, but all of his receptions came on check downs out of the backfield when he carried the ball forward as if it was an extension of the running game.
2012 Week 16 vs NO (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a fairly mediocre day on the ground, including what was potentially the biggest misstep of the game with a fumble on his own 3 yard line. There was running room at times, though the Saints defense played better than they normally do against the run. Murray ran hard as usual, but seemed to operate better catching passes versus in the running game, as his yards per carry was a mere 3.6. The playcalling also didn't do Murray many favors, as the Cowboys were extremely pass heavy on the day, especially in the 4th quarter once down by multiple touchdowns. Murray did have a few nice plays, including a huge truck of David Hawthorne for an extra 3 yards. Murray also completely reversed directions on a 9 yard run in which he should have been stuffed in the backfield. His big pass play was a 22 yarder in which he faked going out of bounds to pick up a good 10 more yards. Unfortunately, it was likely the fumble that will be remembered more than anything else from his performance.
2012 Week 17 vs WAS (17 / 76 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Murray received the lion's share of the touches out the Cowboys' backfield, carrying the ball seventeen times for seventy-six yards, adding two receptions out of the backfield for ten yards. Murray made some great cuts and showcased some tremendous open-field speed on a twenty-one yard run early in the first quarter, but did little damage on the ground otherwise. Murray was the intended receiver on quarterback Tony Romo's third interception of the evening. With three minutes remaining in the third quarter - and the Cowboys down by three - Romo floated a swing pass Murray's way, and Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson leapt in front of Murray to pick off the pass. Jackson's interception put the Redskins deep in Dallas territory, setting up a one-yard Alfred Morris touchdown run.
2011 Week 1 vs NYJ (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray had a hard time finding room on his two carries but did look very good on his one reception. On the play, the rookie broke out left and caught a short pass from QB Tony Romo which he then added yardage to. Murray showed good vision and determination in gaining his extra yards. This is Felix Jones' backfield though, so while Murray might grab the second running back slot, he's unlikely to get a ton of work barring blowout or injury.
2011 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Murray was used in relief of Felix Jones and ultimately Tashard Choice throughout the game. The good news is that he showed quickness to the line of scrimmage and a forwarded lean that resulted in positive yardage on all six of his carries. The bad news is that Murray clearly still needs work on seeing the hole and hitting it at full speed. Despite carrying the ball both to the interior of the line and on end runs, he simply doesn't get to the hole at an angle that allows him to find space without contact from a defensive lineman. Murray clearly has leg strength and good balance, but until his vision improves to keep him from running in to linemen, he will continue to struggle as a rusher.
2011 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murray seems to have a little bit more ability than Choice, in what we've seen over the first few games, but he didn't get a lot of playing time either. Just 2 carries, neither of which he did much with. At this point he seems better than Choice, but doesn't seem to have a lot of big play potential either, although again his opportunities were limited.
2011 Week 4 vs DET (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Murray saw extended time in this game due to the injuries of Felix Jones. The Cowboys wanted to give Jones a few additional plays off, and worked Murray into the offence at certain points in the game. His longest carry was a seven yard run in the third quarter when he took the ball up the middle, then cut back to avoid the pile.
2011 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After Felix Jones suffered an apparent leg injury in the first half, DeMarco Murray entered the game and rotated with Tashard Choice in carrying the load for the Cowboys. Despite a meager stat line, Murray actually ran well against the Patriots stiff defensive line. He showed good vision and patience in finding the hole as it opened and showed good power once he reached first contact with the defense. He managed to earn positive yardage on most of his carries and ran downhill like a veteran. Murray's best run came on a delayed carry off guard. On the play, Murray took the handoff from quarterback Tony Romo and quickly accelerated to the interior of the line. Despite a narrow hole he was able to slide through for a meager gain. While the play didn't result in huge yardage it did show that Murray is comfortable with the offense and doesn't dance behind the line of scrimmage.
2011 Week 7 vs STL (25 / 253 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murray filled in as starter for Felix Jones and responded with the ninth best rushing day in NFL history. Early on, he took a handoff from Tony Romo at the Dallas nine yard line and quickly ran through a huge hole. However, once in the open field he displayed excellent balance and vision in cutting back behind a Rams defender, opening up a lane that led to a 91 yard touchdown. Murray showed not only good pad level and forward lean, but a burst to the line of scrimmage that has been lacking in the Cowboys running game for some time. His running style reminds of Arian Foster in the sense that he is able to maintain full downhill speed while making cuts that give him the angles necessary to gain extra yardage. After the game Murray was eager to set the record straight that Felix Jones was still the Cowboys' starter. That said, his performance against St. Louis most certainly caught the eye of the coaching staff and he will likely earn even more opportunities going forward.
2011 Week 8 vs PHI (8 / 74 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Murray followed up last week's huge game with another nice performance. The Cowboys line did an excellent job in opening up holes between the tackles for him in the early going. Murray runs with a good forward lean and does an excellent job turning in to the hole in front of him, resulting in both power and speed through the line of scrimmage. Murray also appears to be much more comfortable in pass protection then he was in college. Instead of simply trying to alter the path of an oncoming pass-rusher, Murray seems committed to engaging the defender and trying to stop them completely in their pursuit of Tony Romo. Murray did have one reception but it came on a short pass behind the line of scrimmage and resulted in a two yard loss.
2011 Week 9 vs SEA (22 / 139 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Murray once again showed himself to be the between the tackles threat that the Cowboys have needed since Emmitt Smith's hey day. He had at least two carries up the middle wherein he made a single cut-back to the open lane and then turned up field for a large gain before the Seattle defense could bring him down. His best run came halfway through the second quarter when he took the ball off guard to the right before quickly cutting to the left and using his speed to get upfield for a 32 yard gain. The Dallas offensive line is opening holes for Murray that were not there in 2010, but the overall rushing attack seems to have significantly more determination and effectiveness with Murray running compared to Felix Jones. Murray is much quicker from exchange to the hole and it shows; his forward momentum is creating positive gains on most of his runs. Furthermore, Murray does not try to cut runs outside when he hits traffic up the middle, choosing instead to drive his legs and fall forward. Murray's greatest strength as a runner appears to be his agility in the open field. He is similar to Arian Foster in that he does not lose much speed when turning upfield. Murray is also becoming more involved in the passing game. Whereas he was serving only as an outlet receiver earlier in the season, he is now running designed screens and short wheel routes designed to get him the ball on the run.
2011 Week 10 vs BUF (20 / 135 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)
Murray's incredible rookie season continued with another monster game this week against the Bills. He showed remarkable patience and vision running between the tackles, but also had the burst to change direction and break off big chunks of yards at a time. Murray was very active in the passing game this week for a change and showed off his hands with 6 catches on 7 targets, although most came on short screens and dumpoffs. The Cowboys rewarded his effort with a carry at the goal line, which he converted for a strong 1-yard touchdown run up the middle. He showed off his athleticism late in the 3rd quarter when he hurdled over the shoulders and helmet of Bills safety Jairus Byrd. When you watch Murray run, he looks like a future star and it seems likely that he'll be able to hold onto the feature RB role in Dallas even after Felix Jones returns from injury in the next week or two.
2011 Week 11 vs WAS (25 / 73 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
With Felix Jones coming back, many wondered how many carries he would steal from Murray. The answer at least this week is zero. Murray was the bellcow, getting 25 carries. However, the Redskins focused on stopping him and gave him no daylight the entire game. Murray wasn't even able to average 3 yards per carry and simply didn't have any running room. The Cowboys did get him out into space on some screen passes, in which he was able to use his skills to get a couple first downs. Murray did convert on 2-3 short yardage situations. In each occurrence, he simply trucked the Redskins defenders and got the first down. Murray also seemed to wear down the Redskins, as he was finally starting to get positive yardage late in the fourth quarter.
2011 Week 12 vs MIA (22 / 87 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Murray continues to carry the ball better than any Dallas running back since Emmitt Smith. He runs downhill and trusts his line to open holes quickly for him. Even better, his production seems to have jumpstarted the entire offense as defenses can no longer drop linebackers into coverage regularly. Murray doesn't dish out as much punishment as some other interior runners but he more than makes up for it by using his agility and quickness to gain yards after first contact. Murray also is getting the ball on the run as a receiver which allows him to use his open-field speed to make good things happen. His best run came on an 18 yard gain that showed great vision and balance as he worked through an off tackle hole in to the open field. Murray also had a stellar three yard run where he shrugged off contact in the backfield and still found the intended hole off-guard for a short gain.
2011 Week 13 vs ARI (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Murray looked fluid and showed a little power, but despite taking two thirds of the carries, was the least productive of the committee today. Arizona's run defense kept him from breaking out and getting to the second level on his carries and the Cowboys never committed to the run.
2011 Week 14 vs NYG (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray, a contender for rookie of the year, may be out of the running now after sustaining a broken ankle which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season. Murray only carried a couple of times in this game before leaving with the injury.