Sep 292013

MurrayDeMarcoLast week, DeMarco Murray had a breakout game against the St. Louis Rams. He went off for 175 yards on 26 carries. His ability to gouge the defense bought Tony Romo time in the pocket. Consequently, Romo finished the game 17 of 24, threw for three touchdowns and had no interceptions.

It was one of those rare occasions when Romo was not called on to carry the team to victory all by himself. The offensive balance, thanks to Murray and an effective offensive line, was key to the Cowboys’ 31-7 humbling of the Rams.

Ware writes his name in history book.

On the defensive side of the ball, dominance started with DeMarcus Ware. He recorded two sacks and two additional quarterback hits. Just another day at the office for the ferocious, insatiable, indefatigable linebacker-turned-defensive end.

DeMarcus WareBut it was not just another day punching the clock. Instead, it was a day punching his ticket to Cowboys lore. By recording his 115th career sack, Ware passed the late Cowboys great Harvey Martin to become the team’s all-time sack leader. While Martin has been skunked by Jones for inclusion in the Ring of Honor and by the NFL for a place in Canton, DeMarcus Ware figures to find himself in both places when his career is done.

What about the showdown in San Diego?

Debating Martin’s and Ware’s place in history can wait another day. The question for this particular day is whether the NFC East leading Cowboys can continue their early season winning ways against the 1-2 Chargers.

The answer is yes, if…

  1. DeMarco Murray can keep the Chargers’ defensive front honest;
  2. If DeMarcus Ware & Co. can turn the heat up on Phillip Rivers.

Romo, the receivers, the defensive backs, special teams, the coaches and their game plan will all have something to say about success or failure. But it may well come down once more to DeMarco and DeMarcus.

Are you ready for some football?