Can the Redskins D stop DeMarco Murray?

Can the Redskins D stop DeMarco Murray?
December 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Much of this year Redskins fans have been unhappy with Alfred Morris' lack of carries in the secondnd half of games. After last week's loss to Green Bay, Dallas fans feel the same way.

In four career games against Washington, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been held largely in check. His best effort came late in 2011, his rookie season, when he gained a combined 105 yards.

However, over his last two games this season, Murray has been a beast, accounting for more than 300 total yards and a touchdown. Despite his recent success, the Cowboys curiously stopped calling Murray's number last week against Green Bay.

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In the first half last week, Murray was dominant, averaging more than 7 yards-per carry and carving up the Packers defense. But in the second half, the Cowboys got away from the run, and eventually choked away a 23-point lead.

Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith chimed in this week about the lack of second half calls for Murray.

"I'd be so mad. I really would be extremely mad, " Smith said. "And I'm mad just thinking about how we lost the game. Notice I said we lost the game. It's not like Green Bay took it from us. We actually gave them a chance to come back and play."

Washington fans may feel familiar with the sting of giving up on the run in the second half of games, something that numbers suggest has happened with second-year stalwart Alfred Morris. As a defense, the Redskins have had some success stopping the run, and historically perform well against Murray. It will be interesting to see how much action Murray sees on Sunday against the Skins, particularly in the second half.