Cowboys Bulldoze Rams 35-7 to Improve to 4-0
The Dallas Cowboys continued their perfect season today, trouncing the Rams 35-7 at Texas Stadium Sunday, improving to 4-0 on the season for the 1st time since 1995, the year of their last Super Bowl Title.
"Four-and-oh is nice," Phillips said. "It doesn’t put us in the Super Bowl, it doesn’t put us in the playoffs. But it’s good that we’re there."
The game started off slowly for the Cowboys, as they managed just 3 1st downs in their first 4 possessions, punting all three times. Things would begin in the 2nd quarter though, as things began to get exciting. On Dallas’ 1st drive of the 2nd quarter, after throwing his only INT of the game, he led the Cowboys down the field on an 8 play 80-yard drive that ended in a Julius Jones 2-yard TD run to make it 7-0 Cowboys.
After forcing another Rams punt and getting the ball back, the Cowboys promptly went 3 and out. Matt McBriar Boomed a 56-yard punt down to the St. Louis 15, but Dante Hall returned it all the way to the end zone for an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the game at 7. It was the only thing that prevented a Dallas shutout, as that was the Rams’ only score on the afternoon.
With 2:11 left in the 1st half, Tony Romo essentially took over the game himself, on a drive that will certainly be on every sports show and possibly be on the blooper reel. (Yes, that includes SportsCenter, and yes, I was laughing very hard too) Facing a 3rd & 3 from midfield, Andre Gurode sailed the snap way over Romo’s head. After bobbling the ball and dropping it at his own 25, Romo managed to pick it up at his own 17, elude one man at the 30, and run out of bounds at the St. Louis 46 for a Cowboys 1st down. That could be one for the ages. Romo then capped off the drive, scrambling up the middle for 15 yards and the touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-7 heading into the locker room.
"That was a trick play we were working on," coach Wade Phillips said, laughing.
"When I first kicked it, I thought, ‘Uh-oh, maybe I should’ve fallen on it,’" Romo said. "You have a sense that people are around you or you don’t. And no one was around me."
In the 3rd quarter it was 3 drives and 3 TD’s for the Cowboys. They didn’t take long either, with the longest drive being 5 plays. Romo threw a 59-yard strike to Patrick Crayton to make it 21-7, slinged a 37-yard pass to Crayton to make it 28-7 Dallas, and found a wide open Jason Witten from 17 yards out to make the final score 35-7 Cowboys.
Tony Romo looked sharp once again, completing 21/33 passes for 339 yards, 3 TD passes, and an INT. He also rushed for his 2nd touchdown of the season.
Julius Jones rushed the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a TD, while Marion "The Barbarian" Barber III carried it 8 times for 50 yards. Tyson Thompson also carried the ball 8 times, gaining 47 yards.
Patrick Crayton had a career day at wide receiver, catching 7 passes for 184 yards and 2 TD’s. Jason Witten had 6 receptions for 71 yards and a TD, while Terrell Owens caught 3 balls for 33 yards.
Nick Folk made all 5 extra points and attempted no field goals.
Ken Hamlin came up with the Cowboys only forced turnover of the game, picking off a weak Marc Bulger pass to the end zone. The defense held the Rams to a total of 187 yards for the game.
The Cowboys, who are the most penalized team in the NFL, only committed 2 penalties for 10 yards in today’s game, which is a very encouraging sign.
So much of Issac Bruce’s guaranteed victory. The Cowboys now travel to Buffalo next Monday Night to take on the 1-3 Bills in Buffalo.
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!