From the Armchair: Dallas Cowboys, Week 3
After last week's debacle against the Chiefs, the Cowboys said all week that they would run the ball more and, from their opening drive, they did. Murray rumbled for 43 yards on six carries on Dallas' first drive and never looked back. Dallas was up 17 at halftime and the Ram never got any closer. Murray finished with 26 carries for 175 yards.
Murray wasn't the only "newly discovered" weapon for Dallas today however, as Tony Romo completed passes to seven different receivers. Jason Witten and Dez Bryant combined for nine grabs between them, but Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and rookie Gavin Escobar each had a catch after Miles Austin left the game with hamstring problems, Harris and Escobar made their catches count, as both scored 24 yard touchdowns.
The Dallas D also stood out, as DeMarcus Ware and the rest of the defense registered six sacks on Rams QB Sam Bradford, who had previously not been sacked all year. Bradford did go 29-48 through the air but the Cowboys defense was in his face all day and, when he did manage to get the ball off, got no help from his receivers who adeptly dropped catchable balls all day. The Rams were a dismal 1-13 on 3rd down conversions.
Overall, the Cowboys get an A+ today, even though the Rams just didn't put up much of a fight. Either way, it's a great game for the Cowboys to build on as Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are up next week.