L.A. Rams 35, Dallas 30: Another Can’t-Tackle Performance
With 8:40 remaining in the second quarter, the Dallas Cowboys were about to blow the L.A. Rams out of AT&T Stadium. On the team’s previous offensive series, Alfred Morris bolted 70 yards to the Rams’ 5, and Ezekiel Elliott scored three plays later.
The defense then stopped the Rams, and the Cowboys would have plenty of time to add to their lead.
Dallas 17, L.A. Rams 6.
Then rookie Ryan Switzer muffed the punt return, giving L.A. the ball at the Dallas 18. A touchdown five plays later cut the lead to 17-13.
Dallas managed to extend the lead to 24-13 on the next drive, but the momentum was shifting.
The Rams drove to kick a field goal on the final play of the half, and the Cowboys had trouble putting the Rams away for the rest of the game.
The beginning of the second half looked promising, though. Dallas forced a three-and-out on the Rams’ first possessions thanks largely to a sack by DeMarcus Lawrence.
However, Dallas could not move the ball past its own 29 on the next series. The Rams kicked a field goal on their next possession, then followed up with a 90-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Todd Gurley.
Remember Dallas 17, L.A. Rams 6? The lead evaporated and became L.A. Rams 26, Dallas 24.
Dallas struggled on two possessions at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. The Greatest Offensive Line in Football didn’t look so great, and neither did Dak Prescott. Dez Bryant had a decent game statistically but was not as effective as an elite receiver should.
Meanwhile, the Dallas defense looked a bit more like it did against the Broncos than it did against the Cardinals. Todd Gurley gashed the Cowboys throughout much of the day, and once the defense was worn down, it could not get a stop.
The Rams extended their lead to 35-30 with less than two minutes remaining, meaning the Cowboys needed a touchdown to pull out the win. It didn’t happen.
With the loss, Dallas falls to 2-2 and is a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East. Green Bay visits next week, and it could be a very long day.