Written By: Colby Wonacott
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
In a matchup between the “red hot” LA Rams and a Dallas Cowboys team that needed a win to stay on top of the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys exploded in the 2nd quarter scoring 21 points with all-pro running back Zeke Elliot leading the charge on the ground and receiving passes out of the backfield from Dak Prescott. Elliot with 24 carries had 117 yards and 3 receptions for 43 yards against NFL defensive MVP Aaron Donald and the 8th ranked LA Rams’ defense according to NFL stats; toppling the Rams 44-21.
That marked the most points scored in a game by the Cowboys since also earning 44 on Dec. 28, 2014, at Washington written by dallascowboys.com
Every single Dallas Cowboys fan is screaming their head off asking, where in the world has been this team all year?? Especially after dropping 3 games in a row in ugly fashions.
The Rams rushing defense was unable all night to stop what the Cowboys were doing all night on offense. Pass or run, it simply did not matter, the Cowboys were hitting on all cylinders against the Rams. Head coach Jason Garret and their young offensive coordinator Kellen Moore came up with a tremendous game plan, looking extremely efficient.
Dak Prescott threw the ball 28 times less than Jared Goff, yet only had 72 fewer yards than Jared Goff.
Dak Prescott 15/23 212 yds 2TD 0 INT
Jared Goff 33/51 284 yds 1 TD 1 INT
Ezekiel Elliot’s back up Tony Pollard broke a long electrick run of 44 yards late in the 4th quarter, bringing his total to 131 yards for the night.
Past few games, Todd Gurley has been looking like his previous self when he led the NFL in rushing yards last season, unfortunately, it seems like Gurley took 2 steps back with only rushing for 20 yards on 11 carries.
The Dallas Cowboys defense was under major scrutiny and for good reason, after letting sub-par Bears QB Mitchell Tribisky put up 31 points and looked like the next coming of Steve Young in the previous week.
Well in tonight’s game, they played like a top tier defense against the Rams. The Rams ended the game with 289 total yards, but if we are being honest, most of those yards came late in the 4th quarter when the Rams chances were already out the window.
Recap by quarter
1st Quarter: Coming late in the 1st quarter with 6 minutes remaining, Dak Prescott threw a 19-yard pass to the old vet Jason Witten, putting the Cowboys 1st on the scoreboard
2nd Quarter: Todd Gurley catches a 2-yard pass from Jared Goff, equaling the score 7-7. Two Rams’ defenders leaving Tavon Austin wide open for a 59 yard TD pass from Dak Prescott going up 14-7. Ezekiel Elliot runs the ball for a 1 yard TD, extending their lead 21-7. With 16 seconds left in the 1st half, Elliot runs for another TD putting the Cowboys up 28-7.
3rd Quarter: Forbrath kicks a 50-yard field goal, 31-7
4th Quarter: Forbrath kicks two field goals in a row, both 42 yards adding to the Cowboys lead 37-7. Todd Gurley and the Rams finally get in the endzone again since the 1st quarter, 37-15. Tony Pollard runs for 44 yards for a TD, 44-15. Cooker Kupp catches a 7-yard pass from Jared Goff to finish off the night.
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 44 LA Rams 21
Cowboys play the Eagles next Sunday, whoever wins that game will surely win the NFC East and enter in the playoffs.