After rushing for 100 yards in each of his first eight games this season, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was held to 79 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Afterward, Murray indicated that things would have been different if Tony Romo had played.
Noting that the Cardinals continually stacked the line of scrimmage to stop Murray and dare Brandon Weeden to pass on them, Murray said the Cowboys actually did pretty well running the ball, considering the Cardinals’ defensive alignment.
“We did good against nine guys in the box,” Murray said, via the Star-Telegram. “It was a hard day.”
Murray is right: When you’re going up against a defensive front like this, it’s hard to run. But given the absence of Romo, it’s surprising that the Cowboys have handed Murray the ball just 19 times in each of the last two games.
It’s hard to run against a nine-man front. But it’s even harder to pass when Weeden is your quarterback.