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Dallas Cowboys Won't Miss Lance Dunbar


Ben Grimaldi

The Dallas Cowboys won't miss much playing without Lance Dunbar.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun to run the ball better in the past few weeks and their offense might be on the verge of gaining the balance so many fans want them to achieve. Starter DeMarco Murray has been a big part of the running resurgence, but so has back-up runner Lance Dunbar. However, Dunbar is now lost for the year and there appears to be a sense that he's a big loss for the Cowboys offense.

Forgive me if I'm not one of those people buying that sentiment. Lance Dunbar is a great fit for the Cowboys offense because of his running style but it can't be labeled a 'big loss' for the offense when Dunbar has only rushed 30 times for 150 yards and zero touchdowns on the year. Let's not forget that 82 of those yards and over a third of those carries came last week against the Oakland Raiders.

It's certainly another blow for the Cowboys because Dunbar was coming on and having a bigger role in the offense but he's hardly a difference maker. The Cowboys were in worse trouble when DeMarco Murray went down earlier in the year and as long as he stays on the field the Cowboys aren't missing a huge piece of their offense. Murray doesn't possess the speed and elusiveness that Dunbar does but he can do many of the same things that Dunbar was doing. Murray has great hands out of the backfield and has done a great job as an outlet receiver for Tony Romo this season, although he isn't as dangerous in the open field.

The Cowboys rushing attack has also gotten better recently because of some very good work done by the offensive line. Dallas' starting five have come together to play some very good football up front and paved the way for 251 yards rushing in the past two games. As much as Dunbar has helped the running game, more credit should be given to the offensive line. Let's also not forget that Dunbar lacks Murray's skills as a pass protector, which is vital for quarterback Tony Romo.

Losing Lance Dunbar hurts and will take away some of the things the Dallas Cowboys wanted to do on offense but they have overcome injuries all season long. The Cowboys shouldn't have much trouble moving on without Dunbar and won't miss him as much as many people fear. DeMarco Murray is the starting running back and the Cowboys still have the better player on the field.

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People see a flash of something and assign it WAY too much value.  I remember when Chiefs fans were convinced Ricky Stanzi was the next big thing because of one TD pass in preseason.

 

People love the unknown.  It's why the backup QB is always the most popular guy in town.

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Dunbar has talent, but he's certainly not an every down running back. Obviously their depth was hurt with this injury, but it's not something that they can't come back from.

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