Five-star: DeMarco Murray won't get there

October, 27, 2011
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Will DeMarco Murray gain 100 yards against Philadelphia's 23rd-ranked run defense?

No. It's one thing to get 253 yards against the St. Louis Rams, but it's another thing to get 100 yards against the Eagles. Yes, Murray showed flashes he can be a productive member of this football team. But the interesting thing about his performance vs. the Rams is he broke just three tackles.

That's not a bad thing. The Rams barely got a hand on Murray thanks to the terrific blocking of the Cowboys offensive line and tight ends and fullback Tony Fiammetta.

It won't be so easy against the Eagles on Sunday night.

The Eagles held the Washington Redskins to just 42 rushing yards on Oct. 16. It was the first time all season the Eagles had done so. But guess what? After bye weeks, the Eagles are a much better team. Under Andy Reid the Eagles are 12-0 outscoring opponents by 10.6 points. The Eagles make adjustments better than anyone when given nearly two weeks to prepare. And while the Eagles don't blitz as much they're still a very physical front that commands the line of scrimmage.

As a unit, the Eagles have 21 tackles for loss with nine of those from the defensive line.

Murray got 25 carries in the victory over the Rams last Sunday, and it's doubtful he'll get those again because if the Cowboys are to win on Sunday night, a track meet might be necessary to compete.

Murray has the skill set, so does Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to become solid running backs in this league someday. But on Sunday night Murray will get slowed down.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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