Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is on pace for one of the greatest season by a RB in Cowboys history.
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In NFL history there are only two players who have rushed for over 100 yards in each of their first 6 games to start a season: Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown and Cowboys current RB DeMarco Murray. When a player is on the same list with Jim Brown in any NFL record that is a sign of something special. The Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 coming off an incredible upset win over the defending Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks thanks in large part to the incredible season Murray is having.
Murray’s 159 carries, 785 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs, 130.8 yards/game and 940 yards from scrimmage are the best in the NFL each category. He is on pace to rush for 2093 yards – 4 short of the MVP mark Adrian Peterson had in 2012 and 12 short of the NFL record of 2,105 held by Eric Dickerson. The Cowboys offensive line has been so incredible that offensive lineman Tyron Smith won the first Offensive Player of the Week award received by an OL since 2004.
And if the Cowboys use Murray properly, the team might just find themselves in the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.
Here are the top 5 contenders for the NFL MVP award:
DeMarco Murray – With all of the great RBs in Cowboys history like Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, and Emmitt Smith – who would have guessed that Murray is on pace to set every major single-season rushing record for the team?
Aaron Rodgers – The win over the Dolphins was further proof that Aaron Rodgers is without a doubt the most dangerous QB in football
Philip Rivers – If Rivers can beat Peyton Manning even once this year, it may be all he needs to get past them and win the AFC West title.
J.J. Watt – Another week, another Watt highlight reel. No defensive player in football has been more impactful in the league since Lawrence Taylor – and that’s not hyperbole, that borders on an absolute truth.
Peyton Manning – With only two more TDs needed to set the NFL all-time passing record, it will be interesting to see just how high he can set the bar by the time he retires.