As the Minnesota Vikings visit Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers tonight (Thursday), the NFL in week five has a great chance of seeing several milestones achieved, but first I’m taking my fedora off to cheer on a Cowboy.  The Dallas Cowboys have given RB De Marco Murray every opportunity to control football games with his ability to run the football giving the Cowboy offense balance.

Murray has rushed for at least 100 yards and scored a touchdown in each of the first four games of the 2014 season.  His achievements thus far have tied Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and Cowboy great Emmitt Smith for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history to start a season.

Can the Houston Texans slow down this locomotive on Sunday?  If Murray runs for over 100 yards and a touchdown on Sunday he will join a very select group of running backs to achieve that milestone in the first five games to begin a season.

The longest start-of-season streaks in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown run:


Jim Brown Cleveland 1958 6
O.J. Simpson Buffalo 1975 5
Emmitt Smith Dallas 1995 4
DeMarco Murray Dallas 2014 4*
* Active streak

Week 5 NFL Predictions

Minnesota @ Green Bay                Packers

Pittsburgh @ Jacksonville            Steelers

Buffalo @ Detroit                            Lions

Baltimore @ Indianapolis            Colts

Houston @ Dallas                           Cowboys

Chicago @ Carolina                        Panthers

Atlanta @ NYG                                 Giants

St. Louis @ Philadelphia                Eagles

Cleveland @ Tennessee                   Browns

Arizona @ Denver                            Broncos

Tampa Bay @ New Orleans           Saints

NYJ @ San Diego                             Chargers

Cincinnati @ New England            Bengals

Kansas City @ San Francisco         49ers

Seattle @ Washington                     Seahawks


Last Week           9 – 4

Overall Season  Record      34-27