DeMarco Murray is setting unwanted records in early Philadelphia Eagles career

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It is fair to say DeMarco Murray's start to life as a Philadelphia Eagle couldn't have gone much worse.

Not only has his new team began the 2015 season 0-2, but the reigning Offensive Player of the Year has managed just 11 yards on 21 carries in his first two outings since arriving in Philly from their arch-rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

Historically bad

Now, a stat unearthed by For The Win has put Murray's wretched early season form into historical perspective. And it doesn't make for pretty reading, unless you are a Dallas fan that is. 


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Using data provided by Pro Football Reference, it has been revealed that, since records began in 1960, no running back with 20 or more carries has had a worse start to an NFL season that DeMarco Murray.

In fact, Murray's 11 yards and 0.5 yards per carry average is comfortably worse than his nearest rival for the unwanted honor. Montee Ball, in 2013, had just 38 yards from 20 attempts, whilst Derrick Blaylock of the 2006 New York Jets averaged just 1.7 yards per attempt.

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The statistic puts into perspective DeMarco Murray's worrying fall from grace. Last year, the veteran was a bell cow behind a dominant Cowboys offensive line, rushing for 1,845 yards.

Now, having opted for a move across the NFC East after Dallas refused to meet his contract demands, Murray looks a shadow of his 2014 self.

Of course, with the Philly offense misfiring across the board, it isn't only the running back that is struggling. But, considering the hype that followed Murray's arrival this offseason, the fact that he is a full 274 yards behind the total he had reached at this stage last season is a major cause for concern.

Eagles/Cowboys fans: Does this prove Murray was only dominant in 2014 because of Dallas' O-line, or will he prove his critics wrong? Have your say in the comments below...

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