IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — Of the 32 NFL teams, only the Atlanta Falcons run the ball fewer times per game than the Dallas Cowboys.
On the season, Dallas averages just over 20 rushing attempts per game. In Sunday’s 27-23 win over the Vikings, they had nine (including a Romo scramble).
“We would certainly like to be more balanced than we were yesterday,” said head coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan’s New School with Shan & RJ. “There’s no question about that. I know that. Bill [Callahan] knows that. Everybody on our team knows that.”
Garrett says the balance would help out the offensive line, the defense, and the team as a whole. So why didn’t the Cowboys run the ball more on Sunday?
“Sometimes you get in a game, and you’re just trying to find ways to move the football and give yourself a chance,” said Garrett. “Sometimes those numbers get a little skewed at the end of a game.”
The team’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray, who missed the team’s past two games with a knee injury, was active on Sunday. Murray gained 31 yards on just four carries and was not playing injured, according to Garrett.
“We didn’t get him a lot chances running the football, but I thought he was pretty health and productive when we did.”
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