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Rams kick Cowboys; Patriots lose at home — Sunday's National Football League games

04 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Jared Goff had a perfect passer rating when targeting Sammy Watkins vs. 49ers

The Rams defense simply didn't have any answers, which means a fair catch by Switzer would have likely increased the Cowboys lead heading into halftime. But the Cowboys offense bogged down in the second half as the Rams over took them. We didn't expect Dallas not to be among them, or that the Rams, early kings of the NFC West, would be.

The Rams are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 against the NFC while the Cowboys are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 following an ATS win and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in week four. "For it to finish both those ways is huge for our team, our chemistry and everything in between".

"We just felt that with that much time in the game, it was just important to go for two there", Garrett said.

Look no further than that sparse crowds at the Coliseum, who pack it to see the USC Trojans or out at Chavez Ravine to Clayton Kershaw and the World Series favorite 100-plus win Dodgers. "So I was real proud of the win and thought a lot of guys stepped up their play". That's what is happening. "Yeah, we spent some good years there".

And in the process, established themselves as a legitimate threat. "We've been here past year at 3-1 and then we only won one game after that".

Gurley finished with 215 total yards - 121 rushing and 94 receiving - as L.A. overcame two first-half touchdowns from Ezekiel Elliott.

The Rams notched yet another field goal at the end of an 8-play, 54-yard drive that took 3:15 off the clock when Zuerlein connected on a 30-yarder with 7:26 left in the third quarter, narrowing the score to 24-19.

"He's a tremendous player", Rams quarterback Jared Goff said. The 2016 defense was protected by an offense that could grind out games and not turn the ball over.

McVay: "I was really pleased with Jared tonight".

-Kicker Greg Zuerlein booted seven field goals to help the Rams maximize their time in the red zone Sunday.

But the bottom line is that moving two teams to LA in two years was a mistake on the NFL's part.




Zuerlein said he never before had more than five field goals in a game at any level.

Offense has been the main difference this season for Los Angeles, and after only averaging 14 points per game in 2016, it's fantastic to see how quickly this team has turned things around under new head coach Sean McVay. The Rams kept started pecking away with a late first half field goal. I got points, don't be careless with it. "I don't care how many touchdowns or whatever the stats were". How many did he have today? It goes without saying, but a consistent effort for the whole game probably produces a win yesterday. "We don't without him".

Needless to say, this is the game where my attention will be focused among the early slate. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they converted none of them. "It's about winning at the end of the day". His 53 yard touchdown catch and run was a flawless example of the Cowboys having no clue what hit them.

Second-year QB Dak Prescott had a huge performance for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in a 28-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He has seven TD passes and one interception this season. Barron split the team lead in tackles with LB Alec Ogletree, each posting seven tackles, according to press-box statistics. The controversy masked what was a big question for the Cowboys - how would they respond to the loss to Denver? The All-Pro had his first sack against the 49ers after a holdout that sidelined him through the opener.

Thanks to a 66-yard return by Pharoh Cooper on the ensuing kickoff, LA started in great position at the Dallas 35. The team racked up 133 rushing yards in the two quarters, which was more than Dallas had gained for an entire game coming into this matchup. Forcing them to do so more frequently could open up Watkins for some backbreaking deep shots later in the game.

Thanks to a new lease on life in rookie head coach in Sean McVay, Pro Bowl-caliber weapons around him in running back Todd Gurley and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, Goff's name could be included into the rarefied air of top-tier National Football League quarterbacks. Receiver Tavon Austin had six carries for 48 yards and at one point had 40 yards rushing to Gurley's 41.

Having Sean Lee sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Cowboys turned to Smith to be the quarterback of their defense.

-PASS DEFENSE: C - The Rams gave up 251 yards and three touchdowns to Dak Prescott and the Cowboys on Sunday, and were especially porous in the first half. The same happened to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli who had no answers at all for the offensive game plan of McVay's. It's an area the Rams must figure out a way to improve moving forward. Is this team made up of numerous same characters in for a better outcome this time around?

-COACHING: A - Rams head coach Sean McVay had his team ready to compete at a high level on the road against one of the best teams in the National Football League, and while the defense was shaky in the first half, Wade Phillips and his staff made the necessary adjustments to settle things down in the second half and give the offense time to mount the eventual comeback.

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