How good is Dallas' run game?

Cowboys can win NFC East, but offensive line must improve its run blocking

Updated: September 24, 2013, 1:56 PM ET
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

MurrayTim Heitman/USA TODAY SportsDeMarco Murray had 175 yards on 26 carries against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

The Cowboys were able to bull over the St. Louis Rams in a surprising 31-7 rout Sunday, behind a huge statistical game from running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 175 yards on 26 carries. It notched a second win for the Cowboys to put them alone in first place in the NFC East, and with assumed front-runners Washington and New York both starting the season 0-3, it presumably puts them in the driver's seat in the division.

"The offensive line did a great job," Murray told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Murray is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome: This was a decent, not excellent, job by the line. But after so many games with 10-15 carries and 50 yards, even competent blocking begins to look great.

The reality is that Murray is a good back -- it's the dysfunctional Dallas offensive line that has consistently short-circuited his on-field value.

Rivers McCown

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