Rams vs. Cowboys: 4 halftime takeaways

Goff threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, but the Rams running game embarrassed the Cowboys; the Dallas defense allowed the Rams to run for 169 yards with Todd Gurley accounting for 121.

The Rams are coming off the best game of the young season thus far, a 41-39 win over the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.

The Rams, who trailed 24-16 at halftime, appeared to be in trouble when they were forced to punt after three plays on the first drive of the third quarter. One could probably credit this to a coaching change, and Gurley looks like one of the premier RBs in the National Football League, rushing for 241 yards and four TDs on the ground through three weeks. Rookie slot receiver Cooper Kupp has also had a big impact on the Rams, catching seven passes that each resulted in a first down. The eighth-year pro racked up a whopping 145 tackles last season, as well as secured his second bid to the Pro Bowl.

All of those re-worked drafts of the 2016 class had Dak, who was a fourth round pick, selected No. 1 overall, which is where the Rams picked Goff.

The Rams must find a way to get to Dak Prescott and pressure the Cowboys' quarterback. But Rams quarterback Kayvon Webster was called for the defensive holding on the ensuing attempt. His yards-per-game has improved dramatically from a year ago, jumping from 55.3 to 80.3.

Conventional wisdom will tell you settling for field goals all afternoon is not a way to win a game. He had a 44-yarder on the final play of the first half, and the long was from 49.


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. According to OddsShark, the Cowboys are favored by six points, and the over-under is set at 51 points.

Alfred Morris has two carries for 76 yards, including a 70-yard run, and Ezekiel Elliott has 14 carries for 56 yards. Gurley has taken advantage of this fact, and has rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns.

Prescott was 20 of 36 for 252 yards with three touchdowns.

Here are Mickey Spagnola's thoughts on that play.

As impressive as that was, had the Rams scored a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal, it would've put the game well out of reach for Dallas. The ruling of a TD was confirmed after a review.

The early time slot isn't the only schedule oddity for the Cowboys this week - they'll also be drawing the short-end of the stick when it comes to rest. Bryant said Friday that was the plan because their decision to kneel before then anthem and stand during the singing in Arizona was their response to President Donald Trump's comments in Alabama the previous Friday. Prescott has 12 TD passes with one interception in nine career home starts.

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