Jones Proving Worth

In case you didn't know it from Monday's 30-carry, 198-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Cowboys 43-39 comeback victory against the Seahawks, rookie running back Julius Jones is special.

How special?

Consider that his juiced-up output on Monday registered as the third-best rushing game ever by a Cowboys running back, trailing Emmitt Smith's 237 in 1993 and Tony Dorsett's 206 in 1997.

It was the second best ever by a Cowboys rookie, behind Dorsett's 206.

It was the most by a rookie in the NFL this season, topping the 196 by Detroit's Kevin Jones on Sunday.

And his three touchdowns against the Seahawks marked the first time a Cowboys running back has rushed for three touchdowns in a game since Smith did it in 1998 against the Vikings. Smith also holds the club record of four in a game.

Add in Jones' last three starts -- 30 carries for 81 yards against the Ravens, 33 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears to go along with Monday's numbers -- and he became the first Cowboys player ever to have three straight games of at least 30 carries.

He is the first Cowboys rookie to have back-to-back games with at least 150 yards rushing.

Jones, however, was mostly excited about what his performance had done for the Cowboys (5-7), who are in the thick of the NFC playoff chase.

"I have confidence in myself, but this is really unexpected," Jones said. "I'll never forget this game right here. This is big, not only for me, but for our team," Jones said. "These are the types of games we need."

The NFL has certainly taken notice of Jones. The former Notre Dame star is up for a trio of awards -- rookie of the week, the player of the week and play of the week. All three awards will be voted on by fans at

"Our running back runs pretty good, in case you didn't know," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said sarcastically after the game. "I'd just say he's doing well. Quite honestly, we're better off right now than at any point during this year."

According to receiver Keyshawn Johnson, the Cowboys are better off because of Jones. Johnson said Jones has been scary good since replacing struggling veteran Eddie George in the starting lineup three weeks ago.

"That's not a knock on any of our other running backs," Johnson said. "But some guys just have it. He has it."

If you don't know, now you know.

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