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Enough Isn't Enough: Scoring 30 points should mean a victory, Cowboys

03 October 2017, 09:48 | Randolph Howard

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After more than a decade wandering in the wilderness through losing season after losing season, the Los Angeles Rams arrived as a viable, legitimate relevant NFL team on Sunday in a stirring 35-30 win over the Cowboys in Dallas to surge to the top of the NFL West standings. Jared Goff on executing on crucial fourth quarter drives against Dallas:"You try not to make them any bigger than they are".

With a fixed offensive line, Los Angeles' offense under head coach Sean McVay has had the opportunity to show the league what the Rams can do when a play has time to develop. But, the Cowboys quarterback couldn't do the same in the second half, completing 9-of-21 of his passes for just less than 100 yards.

And when the Dallas defense then forced the game's first punt, the Cowboys were on the doorstep of opening up an insurmountable lead.

"It's very disappointing", Dallas owner Jerry Jones said. "That humbles you. We will take those experiences from previous year and learn from them". "Everybody for them gave us more than we could handle".

Todd Gurley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 53-yard catch-and-run, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high seven field goals as the Los Angeles Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-30 on Sunday.

Despite the defensive woes, former Haughton star Dak Prescott shouldered the blame for Sunday's debacle.

"I think we have an identity in what we want to do", tight end Jason Wittensaid. "Going along with that, it is just knowing where I am going with the ball so that my feet can be in tune with my body". It was his third interception as a Ram, first of the season and sixth in his career. "We feel like we're getting better".

Dallas led 24-13 inside the final two minutes of the first half after Dak Prescott connected with Brice Butler on a 10-yard touchdown pass. But again, nearly all of that came in the first half.

Things started off slowly, with the Rams managing just a couple of field goals until midway through the second quarter.

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It's a convincing, inspiring win, but we'll have to wait for word on Carson's condition to see if it's a costly one. On the ground, Chris Carson rushed for 34 yards in 11 carries while Wilson added 26 yards in seven attempts.

Gurley was the story after the break. And a Rams defense that allowed 287 yards in the first half - and 806 combined yards to the Redskins and 49ers in back-to-back weeks - allowed only six points after halftime.

Other parts of the offense have undergone a rebirth as well. The Rams will get their points and make it a game, but Dallas should prevail. He had five such games last season, when he set an National Football League rookie record with a 104.9 rating as the Cowboys went 13-3. Prescott ran in from the 3 untouched, but Travis Frederick was flagged for a questionable holding call that negated the conversion.

This year's Los Angeles Rams are different, and it's because all of the what-if scenarios have turned out for the better. On the Cowboys' ensuing possession, the Rams wrapped up Ezekiel Elliott about a yard shy of the first-down marker on fourth down to seal the win. "It's going to be fun to be able to see him play in person".

"Like I've said before, I don't really care what people think", Goff said.

Los Angeles is off to a surprising start under new head coach Sean McVay, who has breathed new life into a once struggling offense.

Runs by Elliott and Prescott pushed the Cowboys across midfield with 49 seconds remaining. He has thrown just two interceptions from 107 attempts this season so far, and if the Rams cannot keep him quiet he could make things hard for them today.

"I'm not talking about it", Elliott said when asked how the looming hearing might affect his upcoming week.

"I'm just trying to win a game", Rivers sniffed after a 26-24 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.



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