Murray rushed 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown while catching one of four targets for 12 yards in Oakland's 27-14 loss to Houston in their AFC wild-card round playoff game Saturday.
The Raiders took advantage of advantageous field position set up by a punt return late in the first quarter when Murray's two-yard TD scamper made it a 10-7 game. But Oakland, led by over-matched rookie quarterback Connor Cook, could not move consistently, fell behind by multiple scores and largely abandoned a running game that never got going against the league's top-ranked defense.
Murray had just five carries for 11 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Denver.
Up until last week, it looked like Murray had established himself as Oakland's true workhorse back, but DeAndre Washington has re-emerged over the last two games, rushing for 142 yards and two touchdowns. With Jalen Richard also in the mix for 6-to-10 touches per week, Murray doesn't appear to be that attractive of an option for fantasy owners participating in playoff leagues.
Murray carried 15 times for 40 yards Saturday against the Colts.
The Raiders went with a three-headed attack at running back Saturday that resulted in a 15/12/3 carry distribution between Murray, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, respectively. Murray was the least effective of the bunch, though, and was the only one not to find the end zone. Things may only get worse before they get better too, as next week brings with it a difficult matchup against the Broncos in a game Oakland may be without starting quarterback Derek Carr (broken leg).
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Murray gained 103 yards and scored a touchdown on 22 carries in Thursday's 21-13 loss to the Chiefs.
Murray was about the only bright spot on a night where Derek Carr endured the worst game of his career and the frigid temperatures lent themselves well to the running game. It was only Murray's second 100-yard performance of the season, as well as his third straight game with at least one rushing touchdown. He was notably shut out in the passing game for the first time in 2016, however, but given his track record as an effective receiver ou of the backfield, this was likely just an outlier. Murray has now seen his rushing yardage totals increase in three straight games and will look to keep the momentum going against the Chargers in Week 15.
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