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Big Decision: Will Garrett trust run game

10/30/2011

In the last 38 games, Jason Garrett's offense has produced just five 100-yard rushing performances. Only three times has a runner carried the ball 20 times or more.

Hmmmm.

You have to wonder whether DeMarco Murray's record-setting performance last week -- even though it occurred against the raggedy Rams -- will persuade Garrett to alter his approach a little.

It should.

What better way to limit Tony Romo's penchant for mistakes than by leaning on the running game, especially against Philadelphia's suspect run defense?

Obviously, Murray isn't going to gain 200 yards on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean he can't be the workhorse the Cowboys have lacked for years. Garrett hadn't given a runner 25 carries in a game since Marion Barber had 25 carries against Tampa in 2008.

Of course, Romo didn't play in that game. The last time it happened with Romo on the field occurred in September of 2008, when Marion Barber had 28 carries for 142 yards in a win over Green Bay.

The Cowboys are 7-1 when a runner has at least 20 carries with Garrett calling plays, and they're 9-2 when a runner has a 100 yards.

That's not a coincidence.