Around the NFL  


Did McFadden take the lead in Cowboys' RB battle?


Like the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation, there are levels to the Dallas Cowboys' running back competition. There are caveats and moments of uncertainty. There is an underlying thought that maybe the best man for the job isn't even wearing a Cowboys uniform right now.

On Saturday night, though, Darren McFadden took some powerful steps in the right direction; a moment the Cowboys were patiently waiting for all August.

Play NFL Fantasy Football!

The 28-year-old back didn't start -- those duties went to Joseph Randle, who finished the night with six carries for 15 yards -- but he did have the best carry of the night.

Deep in Vikings territory, McFadden took a stretch handoff to the left side and made two explosive cuts that extended the play, giving Dallas a first-and-goal situation inside the Minnesota 10. The carry spawned a thousand Vines wondering if McFadden is finally back. It beat his previous best on the night, a 13-yard carry with 13:59 to go in the second.

"I think that what you saw was vintage McFadden," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game, per the Dallas Morning News. "You saw that acceleration. You saw his abilities."

The question with McFadden will always be health. There is no doubt that plays like these are still in his arsenal, but with a body that has betrayed him so many times, is it something that can be counted on?

While Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett won't go that far, he'll agree that it was a step in the right direction; a step away from uncertainty.


Fan Discussion