Rams Upset Cowboys on the Road


It was a tale of 2 halves.  The Rams were clearly outplayed in the first half, but despite the Cowboys dropping 3 TDs on the Rams in the 2nd quarter, the score going into halftime was only Rams 16 – Cowboys 24.  In the second half a different Rams squad came onto the field.  In the second half the Rams defense rose up and controlled the Cowboys offense.  With a little more than 9 minutes remaining in the game the Rams had scored 19 unanswered points.  The Rams then got conservation right at the end of the 4th which could have been costly.  In the last 3 minutes they had a decision to play for the win or play it safe and settle for a  FG.  They played it safe which in my book was the wrong call.  Luckily, the Rams defense did their jobs and forced the Cowboys to give up the ball on downs.  Game over baby.

Main contributors in Rams victory:

1 Special teams play – Pharoh Cooper had 4 returns for a total of 123 yards.   Good field position makes a difference in both moral and the pace of the game. And kicker Greg Zuerlein had a record setting performance kicking 7 field goals in a single game.  3 of those field goals were over 40 yards.

2 The Rams defense came up big.  In the 4th quarter ILB Mark Barron came up with a clutch interception keeping the Cowboys from building momentum.  The Rams defense put a lot of pressure on Cowboys QB Prescott and sacked him 3 times on the day.

3 Todd Gurley and Todd Gurley – Why 2 Todd Gurley’s?  Because Gurley had a major impact on both the running game and the receiving game.  On the ground he rushed 23 times for 121 yards.  In the air he went 7 for 94 and a wicked 53 yard TD reception in the 3rd quarter.

The Rams continue to receive strong contributions from rookie WR Cooper Kupp who today chipped in another 5 receptions for 60 yards and a TD.

Not only are the Rams proving for the first time in many years they have a competent offense, they’re also starting to show signs of character.  Signs of a winning character.  Today’s victory gives us a 3-1 record and puts us at the top of the NFC West.  Next week the Rams go back home and take on the vulnerable Seahawks.  That should be an exciting contest.  Have a great week Rams fans.  Go Rams!!!

 


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2 Responses to “Rams Upset Cowboys on the Road”

  1. Mike says:

    Weren’t we 3-1 and on top of the NFC West last year before the wheels came off? But this game – where the offense did enough to keep us in the game until the defense got it together – didn’t by happen last year.

  2. Mark says:

    You’re right. We were 3-1 and the only other game we won all year was in week 10 against the Jets. This is not the same Rams. Im not convinced we’re playoff bound, but this is not a 4-12 team. They’ve already shown more character than last year’s Rams.

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