Four Downs: Murray keeps running wild 

December, 22, 2013

The concerns about Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray have never really been about his ability, but rather his lack of durability. There’s been little question the guy has game. On a Week 16 fantasy championship Sunday, Murray continued to showcase his enticing talents with his third 20-point standard fantasy performance in four games, the longest stretch of consistent excellence in his short career. He also became the first Cowboys running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Julius Jones in 2006 and in the process likely secured a top-10 fantasy finish for the season among running backs.

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AP Photo/Evan VucciDeMarco Murray picked the right time for his first career touchdown reception.

While quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Dez Bryant and owner Jerry Jones garner the many headlines for the oft-beleaguered Cowboys organization, which will play the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title in the season finale, Murray seems to be going a bit unnoticed. Let me repeat: This is a clear top-10 running back, now and in the future! Sure, Murray missed a few games earlier this season, but his owners aren’t complaining today. He opened the scoring Sunday with a short touchdown run, his ninth of the season, then his 43-yard burst in the second quarter pushed him over 1,000 yards, and he culminated the outing with the first receiving touchdown of his career with a bit more than a minute remaining in the Cowboys’ exciting 24-23 win at Washington.