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Notes: Murray's Fumble Offsets Big Day; McCoy Shines, Church Struggles & More

ARLINGTON, Texas – With the good and the bad, DeMarco Murray's stats are hard to ignore.

Yes, he lost his fifth fumble of the season and considering it was inside the 10-yard line, wasting a scoring chance in an overtime game, that proved to be costly.

On the other hand, the records Murray is putting up are still tremendous, despite the loss.

He extended his NFL record to eight straight games to open a season with 100 yards rushing. The 133 yards Monday night, coupled with his career-high 80 yards receiving gave him 213 all-purpose yards, the 15th-highest in club history.

Murray also surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau, becoming the fastest player in team history, and fifth-fastest in NFL history to reach the mark during a season.

Still, it comes back to the costly fumble, which occurred on a play he was fighting for extra yards.

"I'm going to continue to fight and run as hard as I can and get us every inch and every yard that I can," Murray said. "But I've just got to lock it up with two hands."

The Washington Redskins meet the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Church Struggles

Safety Barry Church was rather honest in his post-game press conference regarding his performance Monday night.

"I feel like I played my worst game since I've been a Dallas Cowboy," he said. "Overall it wasn't a great performance in any of the phases: special teams, defense and offense. Defensively we've got to step it up and that starts with me. I played terrible today but we've got to step it up in all three phases."

Church missed a few tackles in the open field and also allowed a key third-down catch in the fourth quarter.

"I missed two wide open tackles out there and there were just a lot of missed tackles on the defensive side of the ball," Church said. "If we want to win and be the defense we want to be, we just can't let that happen."

Mighty McCoy

Consider the list of quarterbacks the Cowboys have played this season – two Super Bowl MVPs in Drew Brees and Eli Manning, another Super Bowl champion in Russell Wilson, an NFC champion in Colin Kaepernick.

And yet, Colt McCoy might have just orchestrated the worst game yet for this Dallas defense, with his 315 all-purpose yards and one rushing touchdown.

"I just did my best to get into the end zone," McCoy said. "We finally made some good blocks and I kind ofgot hit, but that happens."

McCoy, who hadn't started a game since 2011, didn't even throw a touchdown pass on the night, but he helped Washington convert 6-of-10 third downs in the second half and overtime. He routinely found holes in the Dallas defense, as he became the only quarterback besides Brees and St. Louis' Austin Davis to go for 299 yards or more in a game. 

"We had a good feel for how he was going to play, what they were going to try to do," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. "They did a good job running the football and then getting the stuff off the run – the play action stuff, they took some shots down the field."

-- David Helman

Quick Hits:

  • Monday's loss ended the Dallas Cowboys win streak at six games, the longest win streak of Jason Garrett's head coaching tenure and the longest since the team had seven straight wins in 2007 (10/21 - 12/9)
  • After scoring three points in the third quarter and seven points in the fourth quarter, 2014 is the first time in team history the Dallas Cowboys scored in the third and fourth quarters of each of the first eight games of a season. In 1968, the club scored in the third and fourth quarters in each of the first six games of the season.
  • Dan Bailey made one field goal and two extra points in Monday's game to reach 459 career points to move past Bob Hayes (456) for fourth on the team's all-time points list.
  • Dez Bryant had three receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown Monday to move up to 341 catches for his career to pass Jay Novacek (339) for eighth on the club's all-time receptions list.
  • Henry Melton had two sacks Monday to mark his third career multi-sack game – first as a Cowboy – and the first time to do so since he had two against Indianapolis (9/9) in the 2012 season opener while with Chicago.
  • Jeremy Mincey logged his first sack as a Cowboy – 21.0 for his career - with a fourth quarter takedown of Colt McCoy.
  • DeMarco Murray had 141 yards on 19 attempts. He also had a long run of 51 yards, the longest by the team since his 91-yard scoring run against St. Louis (10/23/11).

[embeddedad0]Murray's 141 rushing yards in Monday's game gave him 1,054 on the season. By reaching 1,000 yards in his eighth game of the 2014 season, Murray became the fastest rusher in team history to reach that mark and tied for the fifth-fastest to reach 1,000 yards in a single season in NFL history.

  • Murray's 141 yards against Washington marked his eighth consecutive game with 100 rushing yards to continue his NFL record of consecutive games with 100 rushing yards to begin a season.
  • With one touchdown pass Monday, Romo improved his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 36 games - the longest streak in franchise history - and tied Brett Favre (36, 2002-04) for the fifth-longest in NFL history and the second-longest active streak.
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