The Dallas Cowboys are going great guns this season and are having their best year in quite some time.
The Cowboys are guaranteed their first winning season since 2009 when they finished with an 11-5 record and went on to beat fierce rivals the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
But this year post-season football is no formality and the Cowboys find themselves in a fierce fight for a wildcard spot. This means that running back DeMarco Murray will not be getting the rest he needs.
Because a trip to the playoffs isn’t guaranteed, the Cowboys will continue to dump a lion’s share of the workload on the shoulders of Murray, the man who has been carrying the team all season.
“Every down, every possession, every first down has Super Bowl meaning to it, as though you were in the Super Bowl game itself,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We’re not saving anything for anything.”
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The Cowboys were criticized for abandoning the run and becoming too one-dimensional during the 2013 season. They’ve found success feeding Murray the ball relentlessly and running a lot this season, but Murray’s injury history makes it a risky proposition.
Saving Murray and lightening his load makes a lot of sense, but without a playoff berth guaranteed the Cowboys don’t have that luxury.
Murray currently has an NFL leading 1606 yards on the season, with his next nearest competitor Le'Veon Bell languishing behind on 1231. Murray has nine touchdowns on the ground to cement his place as a star for the Cowboys.