Darren McFadden has earned the starting RB job in next Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. He will start in place of Joseph Randle, who suffered an injury against the New York Giants.
McFadden was effective last weekend, rushing 29 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. He is the first Dallas running back this season to rush for more than 100 yards.
It marked the fourth time in McFadden’s career that he had 29 or more attempts in a game. He twice ran the ball 30 times while a member of the Oakland Raiders. Unlike last Sunday for the Cowboys, the Raiders won all three games when McFadden had at least 29 attempts.
In team history, a Dallas running back has carried the ball 29 times or more in 43 games. Not surprisingly, the Cowboys have won most of those games, holding a 36-7 record.
The last time a Dallas running back carried the ball at least 29 times in a loss was January 2, 2005, when Julius Jones carried the ball 29 times for 149 yards and a touchdown in a 28-24 loss to the Giants.
Jones had at least 29 carries five times during his four seasons in Dallas, ranking him second in team history. The franchise leader in this category is hardly a shock: Emmitt Smith carried the ball 29 or more times in 22 games.
Here is a summary of the backs who have carried the ball this many times:
Emmitt Smith (22)
Julius Jones (5)
Tony Dorsett (4)
DeMarco Murray (4)
Calvin Hill (3)
Troy Hambrick (2)
Herschel Walker (1)
Eddie George (1)
Darren McFadden (1)