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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Big Decision: Give DeMarco Murray the ball

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

If DeMarco Murray is healthy enough to play Sunday against Philadelphia, there's no need to monitor his workload.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett needs to give him the ball and get out of the way.

Murray has missed the past six games with a foot injury and is still just five yards off the team's rushing lead. The Cowboys rank last in the NFL in rushing yards and attempts. Besides Felix Jones has two sore knees and has struggled this season when he's played through injuries because they rob him of his explosion and acceleration.

The Cowboys need Murray to provide some balance because it's been pretty obvious that Jones, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner aren't good enough to consistently get it done. Murray should spark the offensive line because they know if he gets a hole, he can take advantage of it.

Tony Romo is 1-4 this season and 1-14 in his career, when he throws 40 passes or more in a game. He's thrown more than 50 passes in each of the past two games.

That's a trend that simply must stop if the Cowboys are going to make a late-season playoff push.