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Thursday, December 26, 2013
DeMarco Murray ready for more work

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray did not play the first time the Dallas Cowboys played the Philadelphia Eagles in October because of a knee injury.

The Cowboys ran 26 times for 74 yards, led by Joseph Randle's 65 yards on 19 carries, but the Eagles will see a vastly different running game on Sunday.

DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray is having the best year of his three-season NFL career.
In their last six games the Cowboys are averaging 128 yards on the ground and 5.7 yards per carry.

If not for a 9-yard loss on his final carry against the Washington Redskins, Murray would enter Sunday with three straight 100-yard contests.

“We've been really jelling together,” Murray said. “I think the offensive line, they're doing a great job of blocking and I'm doing a great job of running and making guys miss .... Since I've been here this is the best [it's been].”

With Tony Romo unlikely to play, it would seem as if the Cowboys would rely more on Murray, who has 1,073 yards in 13 games.

“If they do, then great,” Murray said. "If they don't, then so be it. I'm preparing like I do any other week. I'm working hard, making sure I know my assignments and knowing my keys and things of that nature, so I'll be ready.”

Coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said things will not change much offensively if Kyle Orton has to play instead of Romo.
“We didn't go in there and say, 'OK, we've got to put a Kyle Orton game plan together,'” Garrett said. “We're going to run our offense. Kyle has played football for a long time in this league, played at a very high level and we feel a great deal of confidence in him running our offense.”

But Garrett also acknowledged a running game is a quarterback's best friend.

The Eagles have the NFL's 12th-ranked run defense and have not allowed more than 3.2 yards per carry in the last three games.

“We're going to keep doing what we're doing [in the run game],” Callahan said.

No more or no less.

“I just want to win, run the ball or not,” Murray said. “I just want to win the game.”