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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Five-star: Murray will break some long ones

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

Five-Star question: Will DeMarco Murray gain 100 yards against the Eagles' 23rd-ranked run defense?

No one in his right mind expects DeMarco Murray to have another 200-yard performance this week, but the Eagles give up so many big plays on the ground that he should eclipse 100 yards.

We're talking about the 23rd-ranked run defense that's allowing 4.8 yards per carry. More important, the Eagles have yielded 23 runs of 10 yards or more in just six games.

Trust me, that's hard to do.

They've also yielded six runs of 20 yards or more.

The one thing Murray proved he could do in his record-setting performance against the hapless Rams and their raggedy run defense is make the big play. He had two runs of 19 yards, a 43-yarder and, of course, the 91-yard sprint to the end zone that set up his 253-yard performance.

On his 91-yard run, Murray flashed his speed and vision. Once he burst in to the secondary, he made a nifty cut on the safety and he was gone.

On the 43-yard fourth-quarter run that allowed him to break Emmitt Smith's franchise rushing record, he ran over a defender at the line of scrimmage and zoomed into the secondary instead of being dropped for no gain.

That versatility should serve him well Sunday against the Eagles.