The Dallas Cowboys almost pulled out a nice victory for themselves on Sunday, but Dan Bailey’s 51-yard field-goal attempt as time was expiring sailed wide left and the Cowboys fell on the road to Baltimore, losing 31 -29. The Cowboys were in a position to win this game due in large part to how effectively they ran the ball.
The Cowboys used more balance on the afternoon and efficiently used all of their running backs to stay in this game. The Cowboys’ lead back, DeMarco Murray, ran the ball 14 times for 93 yards before going down with a sprained foot early in the second half.
That paved the way for Felix Jones to step up—and Jones made the most of his opportunity, rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.
Murray’s X-rays were negative but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. There may be a chance that Murray could be sidelined a few weeks, as these foot injuries are hard to shake off. Murray’s foot was heavily wrapped while he was on the sidelines for the second half. The Cowboys may elect to play it cautious considering Murray’s injury history.
In the meantime, Jones gets a reprieve and will have great value heading into Week 7.
Jones looked great on Sunday and reminded us all that he can still be an effective runner if given the chance. As long as the Cowboys remain committed to the run—which seems likely given how close they came to pulling out a victory on Sunday—Jones should be scooped up in all leagues. And if you are a Murray owner and Jones is available, run to the waiver wire now!
Even if you don’t own Murray, Jones could still prove to be a fantastic pickup, as he may have made his case to get extended playing time—even if Murray is healthy—with the way he performed on Sunday.
If Murray is held out next week, Jones will get the bulk of the carries and his matchup with the Panthers is tailor-made for success. The Panthers are a notoriously bad rush defense, allowing 127.4 rushing yards per game (23rd in the league).
While Jones may not have great long-term value, he is a fantastic stop-gap option and a recommended starter as early as next week.
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