131656875 81 Murray Lifts Cowboys Running Game

DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 23 to 13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

IRVING (AP)  The Dallas Cowboys like their chances of making a serious run at the playoffs despite their 4-4 record, and that’s not just because of how soft their upcoming schedule appears to be.

Some optimism is based on the recent play of running back DeMarco Murray, and how the rookie’s success is affecting quarterback Tony Romo.

Murray rushed for 139 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 47 more yards in Sunday’s 23-13 home win over Seattle.

An improved running game created more offensive balance against Seattle, helping Romo go 19 for 31 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. What’s more, Romo wasn’t guilty of an interception and wasn’t sacked.

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