It's a team game, but that team game is composed of individual performances. By themselves, no individual statistical achievement means much in terms of victory or defeat. How many times have we seen a quarterback throw for 400 yards because his team was trailing the entire game? Or a running back to get 70 yards in the fourth quarter of a blowout to crack the century mark? Individual stat milestones mean even less when a team is fighting to make it into the post season.
As Dawn Macelli pointed out earlier in the week, DeMarco Murray knows this is the case. Murray is chasing his first 1,000 yard season, but is more focused on winning than statistical measurements.
"I just worry about taking it one game at a time, doing whatever I can to help this team. I don’t know where the yards are. I’m not worried about it. I’m worried about victories.’’ - DeMarco Murray
But still, when all is said and done on a player's career, what's always mentioned? He rushed for over a 1,000 yards 5 times, or he caught 100 passes 6 different seasons. These things do matter, just in a different way than wins and losses.
This Sunday presents a unique opportunity, where several Cowboys players are within reasonable reach of individual markers. For the most part, no one has to have an extraordinary day to reach these levels, which means I'll have several tweets and facebook updates to make during the game (follow me @BloggingTheBoys and @KDP10For10) Here's a look at them:
Of course, the only stat that truly matters is Dallas notching it's 8th win for the third consecutive season. This year, hopefully, they'll be able to surpass the milestone.