Dallas Cowboys

Darren McFadden still holding out hope to make playoff debut this year

Darren McFadden had only 11 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Panthers on Thanksgiving.
Darren McFadden had only 11 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Panthers on Thanksgiving. Special to the Star-Telegram

Darren McFadden has yet to play in the playoffs in his career.

He spent his first seven years in Oakland, and never played on a team with a winning record. This year’s Cowboys team also won’t post a winning record.

But McFadden is holding out hope that the Cowboys can somehow climb their way back into the NFC East race, sitting only two games back of Washington and New York with five to play.

“We still have a lot to play for,” said McFadden, who is on pace for second-best rushing season.

“We’re just going to take it one week at a time and just try to build it week after week.”

McFadden has established himself as the No. 1 running for the Cowboys over the past six games, and has shown glimpses of his college self. He rushed for 152 yards on 29 carries against the Giants on Oct. 25, and has posted two other 100-yard rushing games since then.

But he’s also had his struggles, particularly against the Panthers last Thursday on Thanksgiving. McFadden rushed for only 11 yards on 10 carries, posting a season-low 1.1 yards per attempt.

“I’ve got to give their defense a lot of credit,” McFadden said. “They did their job and were in their gaps and being where they’re supposed to be. We just never got going.”

But that hasn’t dampened McFadden’s outlook the rest of the season. He says he is feeling great despite being limited in practice the past couple of weeks with a groin injury, and is ready to finish the season strong.

And hopefully cap it off with his first career postseason appearance.

“I feel good, man,” McFadden said. “When you play ball … just want to keep competing and keep going strong. Like I said, we have a lot left to play for so we want to keep building every week and just take it one week at a time.”