ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray’s workload is a frequently asked question during the week for the Dallas Cowboys. There is no doubt about the answer when the game is on the line.
The NFL’s leading rusher is going to get the ball.
Murray had already become the first running back in league history to start the season with seven straight 100-yard games when the Cowboys went to him seven times on a clock-killing drive that helped wrap up their sixth straight victory, 31-21 over the New York Giants on Oct. 19.
“He’s extremely strong,” owner Jerry Jones said. “I would say you have to put the speed that he has for his size, but the strength would be right behind. Because he is strong, because he is violent the way he runs the ball, I think he can handle 25 carries a game and not be too much of a risk to his health.”
The fourth-year back from Oklahoma reached 100 yards on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter to break Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record of six straight games with at least 100 to start the 1958 season with Cleveland.
Murray, on pace for just the sixth 400-carry season, finished with 128 yards and a late touchdown on a 1-yard plunge — a play after a catch by Dez Bryant was ruled a touchdown and overturned on replay.
“Nowhere am I trying to say that I’m at (Brown’s) level by any means,” said Murray, who played through an ankle injury sustained in the first half and now has 913 yards through seven games. “Just a great player and a great person, but I’m not even in that category at all.”
Tony Romo matched his season high with three touchdown passes, including the first two-touchdown game of second-year tight end Gavin Escobar’s career. But if Romo truly is becoming the second option in the Dallas offense, he is perfectly happy handing the leading role to Murray.
“I love that kid,” said Romo, who was 17 of 23 for 279 yards with an interception. “He really exemplifies everything you want in a player. He’s hard-working. He’s humble. He’s a team-first guy. He’s talented. He’s explosive.”
Things to consider after the Cowboys (6-1) kept rolling a week after beating Super Bowl champion Seattle on the road. It is their best start since winning six of their first seven on the way to a 13-3 finish in 2007, when they were the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.
(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)