Dallas 26, Tennessee 10: A Successful Run

DeMarco Murray has franchise marks for rushing yards and rushing attempts after two weeks in a season.

DeMarco Murray has franchise marks for rushing yards and rushing attempts after two weeks in a season.

As expected, much of the talk this week centered on what was wrong with Tony Romo’s head.

Other talk focused on the Dallas defense. Many thought the Tennessee Titans would repeat their efforts from their week 1 win over Kansas City and give the Cowboys all sorts of trouble.

(Admittedly, I thought the Cowboys would struggle.)

Instead, Dallas ran the ball 43 times and won the time of possession 41:11 to 18:49.

The last time the Cowboys ran the ball at least 43 times was 2010 in an overtime win over Indianapolis. The time before that was in 2005. Sunday’s game at Tennessee marked just the tenth time since 2000 that the Cowboys have run the ball at least 43 times.

Their record in those games: 9-1, including the Cowboys’ 26-10 win over the Titans.

DeMarco Murray has looked dominant in two games, despite losing two fumbles in those games. He rushed 29 times for 167 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

The last Dallas player with at least 29 attempts? Julius Jones in 2005.

Murray’s previous high in rushing attempts was 26 in a 31-7 win over the Rams in 2013.

Murray now has 285 rushing yards. Until now, no Dallas runner ever had as many as 285 yards after two games. The previous high after two weeks was 277, set by Emmitt Smith in 1995.

At this rate, Murray would finish the season with 2,280 yards. Let’s not go overboard with these stats, but he’s looking like an elite back.

The Dallas defense held the Titans to 314 total yards. The Cowboys also had two interceptions, including a great pick by linebacker Rolando McClain.

This marked just the sixth time during the Jason Garrett era where the Cowboys have won by 16 or more points. The Cowboys managed just one win by that margin last year and did not win any times in 2012 by that margin.

The Cowboys and Redskins are now 1-1. The Giants fell to 0-2. The Eagles face the Colts on Monday night.

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