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Cowboys thinking of a plan to jumpstart Darren McFadden and the running game again

Production by running back Darren McFadden has declined in the past few games.
Production by running back Darren McFadden has declined in the past few games. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle in establishing a running game compared to last season. They have combined to rush for their fewest yards in two of the past three weeks, gaining only 42 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay two weeks ago and 31 against Carolina on Thursday.

Those games have featured a clear decline in production by Darren McFadden, who has become the top back. He averaged less than 2 yards a carry in each of those games, gaining 32 yards on 17 carries against Tampa Bay and 11 yards on 10 carries against the Panthers.

Garrett downplayed that the workload is catching up with McFadden, who has never been asked to carry this heavy of a load at any point in his career.

“I don’t see something in him that suggests something that happened the previous three [games with a high carry count] prevented him from having success the next week,” Garrett said.

The Cowboys play at Washington Monday night.

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