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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Five-star: Redskins' rivalry holds DeMarco Murray

By Todd Archer

Five-star question: Will the Cowboys hit their average of 177.0 yards rushing per game since DeMarco Murray became the starter?

Washington is allowing 120.4 yards a game on the ground, so the easy answer is yes -- but never discount what this rivalry means.

Points and yards will be tough to come by, even with as hot as Murray has been. And he has been blazing. The Cowboys ran for 125 yards as a team against Washington when these teams met at Cowboys Stadium in September, but 40 of them came on one Felix Jones run. Murray had only two carries for 6 yards.

The Redskins have held only three running backs below 50 yards in a game – Miami’s Reggie Bush, St. Louis’ Stephen Jackson and Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants. In addition to Jones’ 115 yards, the Redskins have had three other backs go over 100 yards and all three of those games were at FedEx Field.

Murray has averaged 151 yards on the ground in his last four games. Jason Garrett has shown a commitment to the run because it has been successful.

So why am I saying no?

In their last five trips to Washington the Cowboys have not topped 117 yards on the ground.

As bad as things are going for the Redskins now, I just can’t see Murray and the Cowboys running wild.