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Cowboys notes: Murray held down, but on 1,900-yard pace

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray  is caught by  Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins  in the first half.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is caught by Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins in the first half. Star-Telegram

DeMarco Murray didn’t have his best night, but he still had 32 touches and two touchdowns.

Murray rushed for 81 yards and two scores on 31 carries. He also caught a pass for 3 yards.

The Eagles held Murray to two of his three lowest outputs of the season. He had 73 yards against Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day.

The Cardinals are the only other team to have held Murray under 100 yards. He gained 79 yards against Arizona on Nov. 2.

Murray remains comfortably in the lead for the rushing title, with 1,687 yards this season. Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell has 1,278 yards.

Murray, who is averaging 120.5 rushing yards per game this season, should break Emmitt Smith’s franchise season rushing record against Indianapolis on Sunday. Smith had 1,771 yards in 1995.

Murray is on pace to rush for 1,926 yards this season.

Only seven running backs in NFL history have topped the 2,000-yard mark. Eric Dickerson owns the NFL record with the 2,105 yards he had in 1984 for the Los Angeles Rams. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson gained 2,097 in 2012.

Sack artists

The Cowboys entered with only 19 sacks this season. They got four against the Eagles, tying for the second most in a game this season.

Jeremy Mincey and Tyrone Crawford each recorded two takedowns of Mark Sanchez.

Mincey now is tied for the team lead with five. Crawford has three.

Crawford didn’t record his first career sack until the Thanksgiving Day game against the Eagles. Thus, all three of his career sacks have come against Sanchez.

Fast start

The Cowboys dominated the first quarter, taking a 14-0 lead.

They had 127 yards to the Eagles’ zero. They had 11 first downs to the Eagles’ zero. They had 25 plays to the Eagles’ six.

They held the ball for 12:08.

It was a turnaround from Thanksgiving Day when the Eagles led 14-0 after the first period.

INT by Bruce Carter

Linebacker Bruce Carter took the team lead in interceptions, picking off a Sanchez pass with 1:50 remaining in the game. Carter has three picks this season.

Injury news

Right tackle Doug Free was the only notable injury among Cowboys starters. He had sat out the second half with an ankle injury, replaced by Jeremy Parnell.

Free missed three games earlier this season with a right foot injury.

Rookie right guard Zack Martin was injured in the first half, noticeably limping. He returned on the next series with his right ankle heavily taped, not missing any snaps.

Orlando Scandrick, Rolando McClain, Barry Church and Sterling Moore were among players who left briefly before returning.

Road warriors

The Cowboys have seven road victories for only the third time in team history. The franchise never has won eight road games in a season.

The 1968 team was 7-0 on the road in a 14-game season and then lost on the road to the Cleveland Browns in the Eastern Championship Game. The 2007 team lost to the Redskins 27-6 in the final regular-season game.

This year’s Cowboys close out their road schedule with a road game in Washington.

They have not lost a road game since a 45-28 setback to the Bears on Dec. 9, 2013. Dallas beat Washington in its final road game of 2013, giving the Cowboys an eight-game road winning streak.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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