Darren McFadden to start for Cowboys this week

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The Cowboys will have a new starting running back this weekend.

The announcement came from owner Jerry Jones — who else? — during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning. Jones said that Darren McFadden will get his first start since signing with the team as a free agent during the offseason.

Two factors likely played a role in the move. The first is that Joseph Randle suffered an oblique injury against the Giants that could keep him out of the lineup against the Seahawks this weekend. The second is the way that McFadden performed after Randle was lost for the day.

He ran for 152 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and also had a touchdown catch called back because of an offensive pass interference penalty. It was the best individual outing of the year for a Cowboys back and may have been enough to earn McFadden the nod even if there weren’t any injury concerns about Randle.

For the season, McFadden is averaging 4.3 yards per carry. That’s his best total since 2011 and the Cowboys could certainly use more outings like last Sunday’s as they wait for Tony Romo to return to the lineup.

24 responses to “Darren McFadden to start for Cowboys this week

  1. He may be injury prone but he can run downhill which is exactly what they need behind this offensive line. Does a much better job of falling forward than Randle as well, thanks to his size.

    Might as well bring in another veteran QB if Christine Michael isn’t being used. Or bring in Ray Rice.

  2. Not a Cowboys fan, but was very happy for McFadden after such a great game. He looked very good from beginning to end. Hope he can stay healthy and continue showing his talents that for various reason have not been visible to all. He’s a great athlete and has overcome much in his life.

  3. Randle, like last year, is good for about 6-7 runs per game and then disappears. He shouldn’t be the starter, even if he was healthy. Instead, he should get a couple series or when lead rusher needs some air.

  4. Better start getting Michael involved more often because McFadden runs too hard for an injury prone guy. He a great day running it but his blitz pickups were just as impressive.

  5. Good for him. Many also don’t see what McFadden has always done picking up the blitz. When McFadden went down a few years back and the Raiders relied on Michael Bush, the QB got killed by the blitz and it derailed the season.

  6. “700levelvet says:
    Oct 27, 2015 11:41 AM
    The….”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…”

    Says the fan of a team without a meaningful win in almost 56 years.

  7. joetoronto says:Oct 27, 2015 10:54 AM

    I love McFadden but he’s going to get a foot or leg now, I just know it.

    Hopefully nothing serious.
    Yep, according to you, he was the best RB in the NFL, remember that?

  8. That pi call was straight bull. DMac looked great and hopefully he can build on it this week. I’m a little worried about the legion of boom cradling three or four picks this week, but hopefully DMac can break a long one or two.

  9. I hope you have a great season DMC. Make the most of it this Sunday…enjoy actually being able to run through a hole instead of running into a wall like you had to do for so many years in Oakland…

  10. I added him to my fantasy team 3 weeks ago. I’m a very savvy owner…other teams will run to the waiver only to see that I have him and that puts a smile to my face.

  11. billswillnevermove says:
    Oct 27, 2015 12:26 PM

    joetoronto says:Oct 27, 2015 10:54 AM

    I love McFadden but he’s going to get a foot or leg now, I just know it.

    Hopefully nothing serious.
    Yep, according to you, he was the best RB in the NFL, remember that?
    Look who’s back after hiding out because the Bills lost to the Jags, THE JAGS, LOL!

  12. “..in later news, Darren McFadden suffered a foot injury while having his ankles taped for the game…”

    Sorry, but we have seen this show before gang. Over and over and over…

    Great guy-glass body.

  13. Typical cowboys sheeple.. he has one good game [forgetting that he’s injury prone and not that good].. and suddenly he’s the best thing in the world LMAO

    This team/organization is the laughing stock of the NFL and great entertainment… poor cowboys fans.. I feel for you.

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