Five Reasons Why The Cowboys Will Make The Playoffs

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Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2. Be better prepared if DeMarco Murray can not play the entire season

It can be argued that if Murray had played in every scheduled game the last two seasons, the Cowboys would have had back-to-back playoff appearances. Unfortunately, leg injuries caused the former Sooner to miss critical games both years. If Murray can finally get a solid year of health under his belt, it should result in more wins.

This also bodes well for quarterback Tony Romo. The more pressure the running game can take away from Romo, the better he should perform. Many of his mistakes last season were due to him trying to do too much in situations where the running game struggled.

But the Cowboys shouldn’t rely simply on Murray. Currently on the roster are half backs Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar. Second year player Tanner has a history of injury, very similar to Murray. And while Dunbar has shown potential, he is simply inexperienced. Veteran Felix Jones is currently a free agent and is not expected to be re-signed.

The Cowboys should seek to find a quality back-up running back in free agency or through the upcoming draft. A veteran back would be preferable as they seem to adjust to NFL pass blocking quicker.

Possible running back free agents include: Reggie Bush (MIA), Shonn Greene (NYJ), Cedric Benson (GB), Peyton Hillis (KC), Rashard Mendenhall (PIT), and Danny Woodhead (NE).

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