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Dallas used an old-fashioned power running attack last Sunday against Baltimore, and ran for more yards in a game than any other team in Ravens history.
Fans had been waiting on Jason Garrett to feature running back DeMarco Murray in the offense, and when they did, Murray rewarded them, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries. Murray suffered a foot injury during the game, and saw limited action in the second half.
Out of nowhere, Felix Jones entered the game, scoring his first touchdown of the season and looking like the first round pick that the front office had envisioned with 92 yards on 18 carries. Jones wasn't alone, as Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar also were a part of a Cowboys rushing attack that accounted for 227 yards on 42 carries.
Credit should be given to the offensive line, who had arguably their best performance of the season. Phil Costa's return from injury should not be overlooked as one of the reasons for their improvement.
Carolina is 23rd in the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up 127.4 yards per game. It appears based on early reports, that Murray will miss at least one week due to his foot injury, so the running game will fall back on to Felix Jones, with Tanner and Dunbar in relief.
Sticking with the game plan that was successful against Baltimore, the Cowboys could have a big day on the ground against a less imposing run defense.