IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys like their chances of making a serious run at the playoffs despite their 4-4 record, and that s not just because of how soft their upcoming schedule appears to be.

Some optimism is based on the recent play of running back DeMarco Murray, and how the rookie s success is affecting quarterback Tony Romo.

Murray rushed for 139 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 47 more yards in Sunday s 23-13 home win over Seattle.

An improved running game created more offensive balance against Seattle, helping Romo go 19 for 31 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. What s more, Romo wasn t guilty of an interception and wasn t sacked.

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