Murray’s Big Day Leads Cowboys Past Bradford’s Rams
After being held in check through the first two games of the season, running back DeMarco Murray exploded in week three, rushing for 175 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 31-7 win over Sam Bradford and the Rams. In addition, Murray added three catches for 28 yards.
It was the second-highest rushing total of Murray’s career, with the only better performance also coming against the Rams in 2011 in which he set the Cowboys’ single-game record with 253 yards.
Murray now has five 100-yard games in his career, though this was his first since gaining 131 yards in Week One of the 2012 campaign.
Dallas’ first drive was an indication of the type of day Murray was going to have as his first carry covered 14 yards and his second added another seven yards to his total. The scoring drive saw Murray gain 43 yards on his first six carries.
On the Cowboys’ next drive, Murray broke off a 36-yard run and then added to his day on the following possession with a two-yard touchdown run that saw him take a handoff around left end and nick the pylon.
Murray was back at it in the third quarter as he took the first hand off for six yards to go over the 100-yard mark and then followed it up with a 41-yarder on his next carry.
For historical perspective, Murray’s 175 yards tied Tony Dorsett (at Baltimore, 12/6/81) for the ninth-best single-game rushing performance in franchise history, while his 6.7 yards-per-carry average was the third-highest single-game mark in Cowboys’ history (min. 10 carries).
Broyles Back in Action
After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, wide receiver Ryan Broyles made his 2013 debut in Week Three against Washington.
The NCAA’s career receptions leader, Broyles caught three passes for 34 yards in a 27-20. It was his first action in the regular season since Week 13 of the 2012 season when he suffered an ACL injury.
In addition, linebacker Travis Lewis added two tackles on special teams for the Lions.
On the other side of the ball, Chris Chester started at right guard for Washington, while Trent Williams got the nod at left tackle.
Adrian Peterson scored his third rushing touchdown of the year and finished with 88 yards on 25 carries and six receptions for 27 yards, but Minnesota lost to Cleveland, 31-27 … Phil Loadholt also started at right tackle in the Vikings’ loss to the Browns … Jermaine Gresham tied for the team lead with four catches and had 27 receiving yards in a 34-30 victory over Green Bay … Garrett Hartley made a 31-yard field goal and Curtis Lofton had a team-high eight tackles in New Orleans’ 31-7 victory over Arizona … Stacy McGee recorded one tackle on Monday night as Oakland lost at Denver, 37-21 … Lane Johnson started at right tackle for Philadelphia in the Eagles’ 26-16 loss to Kansas City … Gerald McCoy made three tackles and Davin Joseph was the starting right guard for Tampa Bay in its 23-3 loss to New England.
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: Dominique Franks (Atlanta), James Hanna (Dallas), Tony Jefferson (Arizona), Donald Stephenson (Kansas City), Kenny Stills (New Orleans) … Jamell Fleming, signed last week by Jacksonville, did not play in the team’s 45-17 loss to Seattle … defensive end Frank Alexander (Carolina) and quarterback Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) were made inactive in Week Three.