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The Dallas Cowboys evened their record at 3-3 with a 34-7 victory over the win less St. Louis Rams who fall to 0-6 on the season. DeMarco Murray ran his way into the record books with a 253 yard rushing performance that broke the single-game mark for the Dallas Cowboys and was the ninth best performance ever in the NFL.
Murray got things started for the Cowboys in the first with a 91 yard touchdown run right up the gut for a 7-0 lead. Dan Bailey's 51 yard field goal in the third quarter extended the Dallas lead to 20-7 and two fourth quarter touchdowns from Phillip Tanner and Dez Bryant provided the winning margin. Stephen Jackson accounted for St. Louis only score with a six yard rushing touchdown.
Tony Romo completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Dez Bryant finished with five catches for 90 yards including a 20 yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Jason Witten also finished with five catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
A.J. Feeley got the start for the injured Sam Bradford and completed 20 of 33 passes for 196 yards and an interception. Steven Jackson led the Rams on the ground with 70 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Newly acquired Brandon Lloyd finished with six catches for 74 yards.
Rookie running back DeMarco Murray broke the Dallas Cowboys single-game rushing record with a 253 yard performance on 25 carries. The total yards eclipses Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith's old record of 237 that was set on Halloween of 1993. It is only the third time in history that Dallas Cowboys runner has topped the 200 yard mark.
Murray's 253 yards is the ninth best performance by a runner in NFL history. Trailing NFL greats such as Walter Payton and O.J. Simpson as well as active players Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Not bad for a rookie running back that got the start today because of an injury to Felix Jones.
DeMarco Murray has rushed for 187 yards and the Dallas Cowboys lead the St. Louis Rams 20-7 at the end of the third quarter of their Week 7 match up. The Cowboys tacked on a 51 yard field goal by Dan Bailey to extend their lead.
Despite the big numbers on the ground, the Cowboys have failed to find a rhythm with their passing game. Tony Romo has pretty ordinary numbers through three quarters completing 12 of 22 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Dez Bryant has three receptions for 60 yards while Jason Witten has five catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Murray is the story of the game after a 91 yard first quarter touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead early. He has now piled up 20 carries in the game for 187 yards.
A.J. Feeley got the start for the injured Sam Bradford and has completed 14 of 20 passes for 121 yards and an interception. Stephen Jackson has a 40 yard run included in his 16 carry for 60 yard effort thus far.
The Dallas Cowboys enjoy a 17-7 lead at halftime of their Week 7 match up with the St. Louis Rams. DeMarco Murray put the Cowboys on top early with a 91 yard touchdown run on Dallas' first possession.
The Cowboys second score was set up by a Carnell Williams fumble that game Tony Romo and company possession at midfield. Romo capped off the drive with a one yard scoring pass to tight end Jason Witten giving the Cowboys a 14-0 lead. St. Louis answered back with an eight play 85 yard scoring drive that ended with a Stephen Jackson six yard touchdown run to get the Rams on the board at 14-7. Dallas closed out the first half scoring with a Dan Bailey 30 yard field goal to put Dallas in front 17-7.
Tony Romo completed 8 of 13 attempts for 98 yards and a touchdown in the first half. DeMarco Murray is having a career day with 112 yards on 10 carries including that 91 yard touchdown run. Dez Bryant has one catch for 34 yards and Jason Witten has four receptions for 30 yards and a score.
A.J. Feeley is 12 of 15 for 91 yards with an interception. Steven Jackson has 12 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The newly acquired Brandon Lloyd has four receptions for 30 yards for the Rams in the first half.
The Dallas Cowboys jumped out to an early lead in their Week 7 match up against the St. Louis Rams. On the Cowboys first possession, the offense hit a home run as DeMarco Murray scrambled 91 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Other than Murray's run, the Dallas offense hasn't done much. Tony Romo completed three of his four passing attempts for 30 yards. Jason Witten has two catches for 22 yards to lead the Cowboys
A.J. Feeley got the start for the Rams and completed 7 of 8 passes in the first quarter for 56 yards. Stephen Jackson has found a tough time on the ground with nine carries for 13 yards. Rams tight end Billy Bajema has two catches totaling 20 yards.
The Rams set the Cowboys up at midfield with just 39 seconds remaining in the quarter after a Carnell Williams fumble.
The Cowboys kick off today at 315 pm local time, in what should be a one-sided matchup. Of course, anything can and normally does happen in the NFL, but all associated with the team believe that Dallas should be able to secure a comfortable victory at home.
Blogging The Boys, SB Nation's blog dedicated to covering the Cowboys 24/7, had many interesting articles in the wake of last Sunday's loss and looking forward to today's game.
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The Cowboys gave up two turnovers on the day, and a disgusting 10 penalties for 77 yards. Creating four turnovers saved this team plenty of times, but the offense wasn't able to translate those into a winning amount of points.
Dez Bryant also disappeared in the second half again, not seeing a single target until a last gasp, desperation heave on the final play of the game. There were some kinks in the team's offense early, possibly due to rust from the bye week and not having a chance to practice as a full unit. However, this game was there for the taking, and up 16-13 both units had the opportunity to win this game for the team.
Over the last few years, the Cowboys have oscillated between a top 10 and top 15 position in the league, with a touchdown percentage in the red zone in the mid 50%, and have been consistently above average. In '06, '08 and '10, the Cowboys saw those numbers climb close to 60%. That's not bad at all, and certainly doesn't match the widely held belief that the Cowboys have sucked in the red zone for a few years now.
...The Cowboys' TD scoring percentage of 33.3% (6-for-18) is the second worst value in the league. The only team worse are the 0-5 Rams (25%, 3-for-12). And right behind the Cowboys are the Texans (36.5%, 8-for-22), which just goes to show that being a top 10 offense and defense isn't worth all that much if you can't punch the ball in when it counts.
- The Cowboys had 23 'Blocking Mistakes' out of their 74 offensive snaps. That's over ONE THIRD of their plays! Now, here's where some forgiveness leaks in for Garrett's passive playcalling on that next-to-last drive. Romo was throwing off his back foot, constantly. There was even a play where I tweeted ' I'm gonna need u 2 keep your eyes open when you throw it Tony '. Romo admitted that he had to take a pre-game shot for his ribs which aren't fully healed and you could see that he was a bit skiddish in the pocket on several plays, falling away from the pass even without pressure in his face.
- On the next-to-last drive, the run blocking was atrocious. On 1st down, the one where any reasonable coach would call a run to get the clock moving, Phil Costa was steamrolled by blitzing linebacker Gary Guyton. Completely reverse-pancaked. On the 2nd down play, Guyton put a wicked-good spin move on Kyle Kosier, while Martellus Bennett looked completely disinterested in stopping his man. Both plays stuffed rookie DeMarco Murray in the backfield.
Step Two: Confuse and Harass Tom Brady
The Patriots offensive-line and Tom Brady were averaging less than two sacks allowed per game. The Cowboys managed three sacks against the Patriots and were pressuring Brady all game. The Cowboys had over a dozen pressures and plenty of hits on Tom Brady who was rarely comfortable in the pocket. The only way the Patriots managed to slow down the Cowboys defense was by going no huddle for the majority of the game. Several times the Cowboys were not completely lined-up when the ball was snapped and were flagged for 12-men on the field. But still, with fewer opportunities to sub-in specific rotations and less time for organized chaos prior to the snap (though some disorganized chaos was apparent) the Cowboys defense did not let Brady get comfortable in the passing game. In fact, Brady had one of his worst games all season, well below his season averages.
Passing Comp % Passing Yards TD INT Sack QB Rating Season Averages 26.6 - 39.5 67.5 360.5 2.6 1.3 1.8 104.8 vs. Cowboys 27 - 41 65.8 289 2 2 3
The Cowboys’ mid-season stretch
Here are the teams the Cowboys will face over the next eight games:
Week Team W L Pct PF PA Net Pts 7 0 5 0.000 49 137 -88 8 @ 2 4 0.333 145 145 0 9 2 3 0.400 94 122 -28 10 4 2 0.667 188 147 41 11 @ 3 2 0.600 96 83 13 12 0 5 0.000 75 128 -53 13 @ 1 4 0.200 96 121 -25 14 4 2 0.667 154 147 7 TOTAL 16 27 0.372 897 1,030 -133
The numbers from the game show some contradictory things. Sam Bradford had a lot of yards passing, but the team was unable to get into the end zone and only managed one field goal on two attempts, although they were going for it on fourth down - and failing - to try and get some touchdowns. The yards also came inefficiently, with Bradford only averaging 7.3 yards per attempt. Steven Jackson, coming back from injury, had a good game, but with the Packers taking a big lead, the Rams got away from the run to try and score. Defensively, the Rams held the Packers scoreless in the second half, but with a three touchdown lead and facing an impotent offense, Green Bay did not need to press for more points.
The 90s Cowboys were masters at this game; they enjoyed being bullies. Again and again, they extended halftime leads over the third and fourth quarters. No coach delights in being a bully more than Bill Belichick. His championship Patriots teams weren't particularly talented, but they never let up. In fact, we saw the benefits of this attitude last Sunday, as Tom Brady and crew made stops and tallied scores when they were needed.
As BTB member Fan in Thick and Thin has argued, winning and losing close games is more or less random, a 50-50 proposition (its no coincidence that the Cowboys have been 5-6 in the last eleven games). As he says, "Winning close games isn’t a sign of fundamental improvement, blowing teams out is..." If Dallas is to make anything of the 2011 season--i.e., escape the doldrums attendant upon hovering around .500--they'll need to tally some blowout wins. There is no more auspicious time to get off the close game schneid than this Sunday.
If the newest wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams Brandon Lloyd was looking forward to catching passes from Sam Bradford, he'll have to wait until next week. The St. Louis Rams have officially ruled the starting quarterback out for Sunday's game versus the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.
Bradford, who initially suffered a high ankle sprain versus the Green Bay Packers last week, has been unable to practice all week and was listed as questionable before this announcement. The Rams will give the reins to backup quarterback A.J. Feeley on Sunday, and have signed former Fresno State signal caller Tom Brandstater off of the practice squad to provide depth at the QB position. Wideout Nick Miller was waived in the process.
The 0-5 Rams face the 2-3 Cowboys this Sunday at 3:15pm Central Time as the game will be nationally televised on FOX.
Week 7 is upon us, and the staff at SB Nation Dallas picks the winner of each and every game.
The Dallas Cowboys are already down one starter with running back Felix Jones out for up to four weeks, but the Cowboys may also be without starting outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Ware has been limited in practice on Thursday and Friday plus Ware sat out Wednesday's practice due to back spasms which he played through during the second half of last weeks game against the New England Patriots. Officially Ware is listed as questionable on the official Cowboys injury report alongside kicker David Behler and guard Kyle Kosier.
Derrick Dockery, G
Jason Hatcher, DE
Felix Jones, RB
David Buehler, K
Kyle Kosier, G
DeMarcus Ware, LB
Barry Church, S
Tony Fiammetta, FB
Tony Romo, QB
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has been wearing a protective boot after suffering a high ankle sprain and his status has varied wildly this week ranging from being out to definitely starting. Officially the Rams are saying that Bradford is questionable and will be a game time decision. Bradford has not practiced all week and has only done light workouts in lieu of not practicing with the team.
According to Bradford, it will come down to how much he can tollerate the pain,because his ankle is stable:
"From everything I understand the joint is stable, so it is going to be about my pain tolerance and how much I can tolerate on Sunday," Bradford said.
"I don't think I have to practice," Bradford said. "It would be nice if I could later in the week, but I don't think that's a must. Obviously, I have to be able to drop back. I have to be able to have some mobility where I'm not just standing back there. But other than that, I don't think it's much more than that."
If Bradford is not able to start then A.J. Feeley will be getting the start. Feeley has only seen action in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and he has not played in game since 2007 when he was on the Eagles.
Dez Bryant's confidence in the Dallas Cowboys has not been shaken, despite the team's uneven 2-3 start. In an Inside the Huddle show hosted earlier this week by RB Tashard Choice, Bryant's swagger was on full display:
"As far as the team, I like our chances," Bryant said. "I feel like, it might sound crazy, I think that we are unbeatable. I feel like the losses, we lost those games ourselves. Once we get back in that meeting room and we regroup and we learn from our mistakes, the sky’s the limit."
The Cowboys have proven they can hang with the NFL's elite teams, as they had fourth-quarter leads against the 5-1 Detroit Lions, the 5-1 New England Patriots and the 3-3 Jets, as well as dramatic last-minute victories against the 5-1 San Francisco 49ers and the 3-2 Washington Redskins.
As has been the case throughout the Tony Romo era, the Cowboys have been incredibly inconsistent this season, especially when games are on the line in the fourth-quarter. Bryant, meanwhile, has been fairly quiet in crunch time, with all three of his TD grabs this year coming in the first half of games.
With the schedule getting easier and the 0-5 St. Louis Rams coming to town, Bryant will have the chance to back up his big talk on Sunday.
One of the common public takeaways from Jason Garrett's decision to try a shovel pass on third and goal, or run the ball three consecutive times to try and ice the game with over three minutes left is that the head coach doesn't have any confidence in his starting quarterback.
During Thursday's press conference, the red-headed genius says nothing could be further from the truth.
"There is absolutely no issue with my trust level in Tony Romo,'' Garrett said. "Anybody who has followed our football team understand the kind of trust and belief I have in him and our football team has in him.
"Playing quarterback in the NFL, there is a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with that. Tony knows that. He prepares for that. We give him a lot of responsibility on Sunday and that's the way we like it. He's certainly responded well to that, really, really well over the last four-and-a-half years and there's no reason for us to think otherwise.
"I think if you look at his season so far, he's really shown he can play really, really well as a quarterback in this league. We believe very strongly in him, I believe very strongly in him. We're just going to keep going forward.'' - DMN
Well, armchair psychologists can read into this 'vote of confidence'. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to watch this week's Showtime's inside the NFL, but there were reports that Romo was heard on the sideline saying that he didn't throw to a single-covered Dez Bryant in the end zone because he didn't want to throw a pick. If true, I can't say that inspires confidence that Romo is, well, confident.
In injury news, All-World outside linebacker returned to practice, after missing a session on Wednesday due to back spasms. He appears set to go against the winless St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Also participating in practice were FB Tony Fiammetta and K David Buehler.
On the Rams sidelines, both quarterback Sam Bradford and wideout Mark Clayton are expected to suit up, to join with newly acquired Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd's services were acquired from Denver before the trade deadline from Denver for a 6th, conditional 5th round draft pick.
One can only hope that the Cowboys don't duplicate their performance from the last time these two teams met; as the game turned so ugly that Fox decided not to broadcast the majority of the fourth quarter. After taking an early 7-0 lead in St. Louis, Dallas watched the Rams reel of 34 consecutive points. It was the Rams second, and final victory of the season, 34-14, as they lost their next ten and finished the 2008 campaign 2-14.
Ware experienced back spasms during last weekend's game against New England, although it didn't stop him from a dominating two-sack performance against a Patriot team normally excellent in pass protection.
He has flourished under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who has moved him all over the field and put him in a position to get seven sacks in only five games. He's currently on pace for 22.5 sacks this season, which would tie the single-season record held by Michael Strahan.
Ware is not listed on the Cowboys injury report, so this may be more of a precautionary move than anything else.
If he is able to go at anything resembling full strength, he could have a huge week against a winless St. Louis Rams team that has already allowed 22 sacks and 46 QB hits, leading the NFL in both categories through six weeks.
Starting running back Felix Jones just got back in the lineup this past week after recovering from separating his right shoulder. Jones was knocked out of the game when he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second quarter this past weekend against the Patriots when he caught a 7-yard pass.
Jones was seen wearing a walking boot on Monday and will be out for at least two weeks and possibly could be out a month. The earliest that Jones could be back would be Nov. 6 when the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks if the injury does keep him out a month then his return would be against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 13.
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