TAMPA, Fla. - The Cowboys are giving Felix Jones a chance to be their lead back.
He is acting like he knows what to do with the job.
For the second consecutive week since replacing the injured DeMarco Murray in the starting lineup, Jones rushed for more than 100 yards Saturday night, and gave the Cowboys a threat in the running game in their 31-15 victory against Tampa Bay.
"I thought under the circumstances he had about as good and complete a game as he's had since he's been a Dallas Cowboy," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
The loss of Murray to a broken ankle last week means Jones is due to get a lot of work. Murray was averaging 22 carries a game during his stretch as the starter before his injury.
Jones met the burden against the Buccaneers.
He carried 22 times, matching his career high, and caught three passes. The 25 touches were a season high, and he accounted for 131 yards.
"He did a great job," quarterback Tony Romo said. "We're lucky to have some depth at the tailback position."
Jones was the workhorse early. By halftime, he had 12 carries and 67 yards, well on his way to his third 100-yard game of the year and the fifth of his career.
"One of the things I wanted to see was the endurance aspect," Jerry Jones said. "Can Felix do what he's doing in the passing game and running game? And of course, he was blocking, staying in there real good."