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Rams @ Cowboys Player to Watch: DeMarco Murray

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:   DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to playing the Washington Redskins in their game at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to playing the Washington Redskins in their game at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If the Rams want to have a chance in Dallas Sunday, they are going to have to figure out a way to stop their very explosive offense.  Everyone knows about their great WRs with Jason Whiten, Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin, but one person the Rams need to not overlook is DeMarco Murray the rookie RB out of OU.  Last week Felix Jones went down with injury and entered DeMarco Murray who played okay for the Cowboys.  He had 10 carries for 32 yards and a catch for 7.  This week he will get the start and after the jump a breakdown of DeMarco Murray.

DeMarco Murray is one of the most legendary players in Sooners history.  He was one of the best college backs during his 4 years at OU.  He had 3,685 career rushing yards with 50 TDs and he also collected 1571 receiving yards with 13 TDs.  He was a do it all back, and he still is in the NFL.

Personally I was shocked that he lasted until the third round.  When I looked at his skill set, which included 4.4 speed and good size, I was thinking that he would be a 2nd rounder, but then again Mikel Leshoure went in the second.  It might just be because RBs aren't valued at the rate they were 10 years ago, but when a do it all, every down back like Murray comes around, I expect them to be drafted high.

This season for the Cowboys, Murray pace hasn't been what's expected.  He is only averaging 3 yards a carry, but he has only had 24 rushes.  This week he is likely to get that many touches as he will be starting over Tashard Choice.  Even though Murray hasn't been very productive I think he might be in for a breakout game this week.  The Rams have the worst rush defense in the league and over the last few season they have had a knack of making unknown RBs seem like pro bowlers.   Murray could also be a big factor in the receiving game for the Cowboys in catching little short screen and making people miss.  

Overall, Murray's great skill set and the fact that the Rams will have to worry about the passing game so much, will open up the game for DeMarco in my opinion and I think he will have a breakout game for the Cowboys.