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McFadden proving he can carry the Dallas Cowboys’ running game alone

Darren McFadden leads the Dallas Cowboys in rushing with 462 yards.
Darren McFadden leads the Dallas Cowboys in rushing with 462 yards. AP

The Dallas Cowboys entered this season with the mindset that they would use a running back committee to replace the production void left by DeMarco Murray.

Not anymore.

Darren McFadden has become the team’s bell cow. Over the past three weeks, McFadden is averaging more than 25 carries and 111 rushing yards a game.

“For me, I’m a ballplayer. I’m going to go out there and run hard anytime I get the ball in my hands,” McFadden said. “It’s something I feel I’ve been doing of late and I’m going to continue to do it.”

McFadden, 28, hasn’t enjoyed this type of success in his professional career yet. He rushed for 4,247 yards on 1,038 carries with 25 touchdowns in seven seasons with Oakland.

Nobody expected him to be the lead back when he signed a two-year, $5.85 million deal in the off-season. But McFadden has made the most of his opportunities.

The lingering question with McFadden always centers on his injury history and whether he can maintain carrying the ball 20-plus times a game. This marks the first time in his career that he has carried it 20-plus times in three consecutive weeks.

“It’s just going out there and playing ball and just doing whatever it is to help my team win a game,” McFadden said. “For me, personally, you want to go out there and show everybody what you’re capable of doing and let them know that I have a lot of football left in me.”

While McFadden admits this is probably the best three-game stretch for him personally, it goes for naught with the Cowboys in the midst of a six-game losing streak. The Cowboys play at Tampa Bay Sunday.

McFadden has helped the Cowboys re-establish their running game, but the wins haven’t followed suit. McFadden, though, ranks as one of the many in the locker room who believe it’s only a matter of time for things to change.

Why?

“Just the attitude of the guys walking around here,” McFadden said. “Everybody has a very positive attitude. We know what we’re capable of doing out there on the field, so we just have to go out there and put it all out there. We just have to finish it.”

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