DeMarco Murray Buys O-Line $1,300 iMacs, Cowboys Overrated, and More


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Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray buys each starting OL new iMacs ($1,300 each)
Brandon George –

"IRVING — The NFL’s leading rusher who is having a historic start to the season helped spread the love Wednesday in the Dallas Cowboys locker room. Related Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray bought new iMac desktop computers for each of the five starting offensive linemen and had them delivered to their lockers at Valley Ranch on Wednesday.Murray leads the NFL with 913 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 187 carries through the first seven games. Murray has rushed for 100 or more yards in each of the Cowboys’ first seven games, breaking Jim Brown’s 1958 NFL record of six straight 100-yard games to begin the season. Murray went all-out on the iMacs. They were 21.5-inch screens and 8GB memory. The retail price for one at Best Buy is $1,299.99. Click the title to read more…"

Eatman: Worrying About Contracts on Murray, Dez Simple Waste of Time
Nick Eatman –

"IRVING, Texas – No one is ever satisfied around here. To some degree, it’s probably a good thing. Whether or not that’s the way we are as a society, it’s certainly how things go with the Cowboys, their fans, the media and probably the players. Six straight wins is a great thing. But now we’re all wondering when it’s going to end, and if the season will end in disappointment. And lately, there seems to be more talk about next February and March than the upcoming game with the Redskins.What DeMarco Murray is doing is exciting. I say we enjoy it a little more and not worry about if he’ll be doing it again next year in Dallas. Yeah, he’s in the final year of his contract, and he’s doing what a lot of guys do in a “contract year.” He’s balling out – to the highest level – and doing things no running back in this great game has ever done. It’s amazing. And yet most fans are worried if he’ll leave. Click the title to read more…"

Backup QB has possibly NFL’s toughest, easiest job
Teresa M. Walker – The Associated Press

"Editor’s Note: The following story was added in perspective of how it relates to former Dallas Cowboys’ back-up quarterback Kyle Orton, and current back-up Brandon Weeden.NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The adrenaline spikes the instant Charlie Whitehurst sees the starting quarterback hurt and walking to the sideline.”All of a sudden, it’s like, ‘Here we go. Where’s my helmet?”’ Whitehurst said. ”That’s the first thought that goes through my mind. ‘Who’s got my helmet?”’It’s always Next Man Up in the NFL, yet the backup quarterback has both the easiest job in the league and the toughest. Collect a paycheck for standing on the sideline and wearing a cap game after game. Then at the drop of a starting quarterback, be ready to immediately step in and direct an offense and throw touchdown passes while the best defenders on the planet are trying to tackle you.Coaches constantly are searching for the next starting quarterback, or a cheap rookie with potential, which makes it even harder to survive as a long-term backup. Whitehurst is called ”Clipboard Jesus” because the long-haired, bearded Clemson player has spent most of his pro career holding a play sheet. Click the title to read more…"

Led by ‘New Triplets,’ Dallas Cowboys Have Old Championship Feel
Clarence Hill – The Bleacher Report

"IRVING, Texas — The resemblance is so unmistakable that it’s downright eerie. The Dallas Cowboys have reeled off six straight wins en route to the best record in the league and legitimacy as a championship contender for the first time since 1995, the last of their three Super Bowl titles of the 1990s. It’s hard not to notice they have done so in a similar style and fashion as those title teams of yesteryear.Certainly, the Cowboys have a long way to go to even be mentioned in the same category of those legendary teams led by the Hall of Fame Triplets of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. But there is no denying that this team, led by the “New Triplets” of quarterback Tony Romo, receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray, have that old championship feel. Click the title to read more…"

Why the Cowboys are overrated (subscription only)
Aaron Schatz – Football Outsiders via ESPN Insider

"It’s easy to show defense, and big wins, simply appear far better than they are.The Dallas Cowboys have won six straight games and now have the NFL’s best record at 6-1. They made their first big statement a month ago by routing New Orleans in prime time. Last week, they went into Seattle and became only the second road team in the past two years to win at CenturyLink Field.This week, they easily took out the New York Giants in their first NFC East matchup of the season. DeMarco Murray broke an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard game and Tony Romo leads the NFL in completion rate (69.2 percent) and has 97.5 QBR on third downs.It finally seems like the glory days have returned for America’s Team after three straight years of 8-8. The ESPN Power Rankings currently have Dallas as the No. 2 team in the league, trailing only the Denver Broncos. However, a look at their performance over the season to date suggests that the Cowboys aren’t quite that good. Click the title to read more…"

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