As DeMarco Murray scampered past the century mark on Sunday against the New York Giants, he became the only player in NFL history to begin a season with seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The Dallas Cowboys running back came into the game tied with the legendary Jim Brown, who started off on a six-game streak in 1958. With a 3-yard carry in the fourth quarter, Murray put himself in rarefied air.
Through seven games, only Terrell Davis in 1998 (1,001 yards) and Jamal Lewis in 2003 (977 yards) have rushed for more yards through seven games. Murray is well outpacing his contemporaries this season:
>>>>>MT @ESPNStatsInfo: DeMarco Murray: 913 rushing yards. Only 3 other players have more than 500 rushing yards: pic.twitter.com/w9Eo03LoQ1— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 19, 2014
The fourth-year pro entered Week 7 leading the league in rushing and averaging 131 yards per game. He's been the catalyst for a Dallas offense that has led the team to a 5-1 start, and Murray himself is outrushing most teams in the league:
#Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray leads the @NFL with 913 rushing yards… which is just more than 28 NFL teams #nobigdeal— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2014
Murray's monster start has been one of the league's biggest surprises in 2014, but not because anyone doubted the 2011 third-round pick's abilities. It's been injuries that have allowed him to break the 1,000-yard mark just once in his first three seasons. He missed 11 games in that span, and was constantly hampered by nagging issues even when he was healthy enough to make it onto the field.
If he can stay healthy, Murray is on pace to become just the eighth player in league history to break 2,000 yards rushing in a season and the first to do so since Adrian Peterson in 2012. So far, so good.