In their past two first quarters combined, the Cowboys have run 15 plays for 54 yards.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2014, the Cowboys won that one. Their last victory was the best game as Tony Romo outdueled Austin Davis in a 34-31 win. Rookie slot receiver Cooper Kupp has also had a big impact on the Rams, catching seven passes that each resulted in a first down.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 85 yards and a touchdowns.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a team-record seven field goals, running back Todd Gurley eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game and the defense came together in the second half as the Rams improved to 3-1 and stayed atop the NFC West. The bad news is safety Lamarcus Joyner is out and his back up, Cody Davis, will likely also be out. Maybe the most important stat, though, was that he didn't throw any interceptions.
The difference comes in two offseason acquisitions, center John Sullivan, and left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
The defenses will feature National Football League sacks leader DeMarcus Lawrence of Dallas (6 1/2 sacks) and one of the most dominant interior rushers in Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He had just nine sacks in his prior three seasons, and the Cowboys actually expected Taco Charlton, their 2017 first-round pick, to be the savior on the defensive line. The problem was that the Cowboys needed 10 yards to extend the game and instead, it brought an end to a possible game-winning drive for the home team.
In his past three games against the Cowboys, McVay's offense in Washington averaged 27.7 points per game, which is a number he'll probably be looking to blow out of the water with his suddenly high-flying offense in Los Angeles.
The disappointment so far with this Rams squad is its defense, specifically the run defense. The Cowboys offense clicked at times versus the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals, and each of those opponents appear to be stronger on defense than the Rams. It's much easier to imagine a match where the Cowboys have it easy and give the Rams a tough time in catching up. For so many years, the Rams were stuck as a 7-9 or 8-8 team under Fisher. LB Alec Ogletree has 17 tackles and two forced fumbles in two career games against Dallas. Take Dallas (-6) in this one.
While Lee continues to battle a lingering hamstring injury, the veteran defender is expected to be replaced by fellow linebacker Justin Durant in the Cowboys starting lineup. Both come into today's clash on 2-1 with the opportunity to claim a third win of the season so far and move to 3-1.
On Sunday, they'll meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to try and prove they can be consistently strong. The Rams have notched 10 sacks in three games but also sprung a few leaks while giving up 19 fourth-quarter points in a 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on September 21.