After talking about it for two games, the Cowboys finally decided to commit to the run game and it paid off. DeMarco Murray ran all over the Rams once again for 175 yards and a TD. Murray set a franchise record with 253 yards against the Rams a few years back, but this was a much improved Rams defense from what the Cowboys faced before making their success something to appreciate. A more balanced offense could do wonders Dallas who’s offense has perennially sputtered out in the backstretch of games. If they can sustain the positives in the run game it will serve to open up the passing game. A solid running game will also make it tougher for teams to run double and/or bracket coverage on Dez Bryant. If the team can remain effective with both the run and the pass then they will truly be a playoff threat.
The Cowboys’ defense continued their solid start to the season, garnering four sacks in the first half on Sam Bradford and holding the Rams to just seven points.
Dallas also showed that they finally have some reliability on their bench. When Miles Austin had to leave the game, Dwayne Harris came in and was able to get open for 24 yard TD. Rookie tight end Gavin Escobar was also able to do the same, going for another 24 yard score and exploiting a size match up as Tony Romo hit him on a fade route.
While there is still a lot of season left the Cowboys have to be coming away from this game feeling good after their division rivals went 0-3 for the second week in a row. Though, that isn’t likely to continue every week, and this isn’t what I think the team should be shooting for, it is looking more and more like finishing par for the course may be enough to warrant a playoff berth as long as the team keeps the ship steady.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.