The Dallas Cowboys Are Becoming A Playoff Team

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Jul 24, 2014; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and defensive tackle Dartwan Bush (70) walk on to the field to start training camp at the River Ridge Playing Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

I have a thing for fat guys. Don’t judge. I can’t help it.

The big guys upfront protect the organization’s immune system from recycled failure. They quietly and vigorously push the team straight — stomping out 8-8 viruses that are left to cling on veterans like Tony Romo or Jason Witten.

First-round offensive lineman Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin enable confidence in quarterback Tony Romo, who last season, often switched out of the run for pass.

That’s a problem. A huge one.

The Heart to Run

No quarterback molded in gold can compete without confidence in the offensive line. To make matters worse, the Cowboys have developed an allergic reaction to a guy named DeMarco Murray.

Despite being a decoy at times in 2013 when the ground beneath shook, Murray earned his first Pro Bowl trip on 1,121 rushing yards, nine scores, and 53 catches.

Murray finished the 2013 season with 217 rushing attempts.

Only one team, the Atlanta Falcons, had fewer rushing attempts (321) than the Dallas Cowboys (336) in the entire NFL. The top three NFC teams to rush the ball — and make the playoffs — were the Seattle Seahawks (509), the San Francisco 49ers (505), and the Philadelphia Eagles (500).

The Cowboys were in the bottom three in the NFC for time of possession.

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