Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for the second straight month, the NFL announced on Thursday.
Murray had an NFL-best 520 rushing yards in October and leads the league with 1,054 yards on the ground this season. He is tied with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns with seven.
Murray set an NFL record this season for the most consecutive games in which a player has rushed for at least 100 yards. That streak is at eight and still alive even after the Cowboys' loss Monday to the Washington Redskins. Murray also has 17 receptions for 171 yards in October, giving him an NFL-best 691 yards from scrimmage during the month.
Murray is the first running back with at least 1,000 yards in his team’s first eight games since Adrian Peterson in 2007 and just the seventh to do so since the NFL expanded its schedule to 16 games in 1978.
According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the others to rush for at least 1,000 yards in the first half of the season are Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams (1,030 yards in 1986), Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions (1,035 yards in 1994), Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos (1,068 yards in 1997 and 1,150 yards in 1998), Jamal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens (1,045 yards in 2003) and Peterson (1,036 yards in 2007).
Murray will attempt to extend his streak to nine games this weekend when the Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals.