KEY PLAYER: TODD GURLEY
Gurley, as usual was a force both rushing and receiving for the Rams this Sunday. He racked up 215 all purpose yards and made the Dallas defense look silly hauling in a 54-yard catch for a touchdown. His third straight week with a receiving touchdown. Gurley exploited the Cowboys absence of Sean Lee on defense greatly, as they had no answer for the former offensive rookie of the year. He was a key ingredient in the Rams producing long drives on offense.
GAME RECAP AND ANALYSIS
This game was really a tale of two halves for the Cowboys. The first half, they looked like the team from 2016, even without the general on defense. Long, time consuming drives, Zeke was eating and Dak had complete control of the game’s tempo. The defense too was bending and not breaking (completely) against a potent Rams offense that has proved itself now to be no joke. Ryan Switzer also muffed a punt to shift the momentum. The Cowboys were somewhat comfortable at the half with a 24-16 lead. Too comfortable.
When the second half rolled around it was all Rams from the get go. Suddenly, the Cowboys couldn’t stop the Rams and the Rams could all of a sudden stop the Cowboys. The Cowboys play calling on offense began to get too repetitive, as the Rams knew what was coming on basically every first down, which was an inside run. Zeke was stuck in the mud once again, and a key Dez drop on third down was critical in the Cowboys’ collapse. The defense began to fatigue, and the absence of Sean Lee really began to show as it felt like Gurley was getting about 7 yards on every carry. A major key that cannot be dismissed was the work of Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein. He went 7/7 on field goals and was lights out all afternoon.