The Dallas Cowboys found a way to lose to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, 35-30. What has happened to America’s Team this season?
When looking at the Dallas Cowboys schedule prior to the start of the regular season, there were several key games one could look ahead to and figure they’d be pivotal. The Cowboys Week One matchup against the New York Giants, for example.
Games against the Green Bay Packers, the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders are certainly worthy to be circled on the calendar as likely to be highly competitive games. But the lowly Los Angeles Rams in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in Week Four? A team that finished 4-12 last season. That’s an easy “W” right? Wrong.
Despite leading 24-13 in the second quarter, the Rams would go on to score 19 unanswered points and somehow defeat the Cowboys at home 35-30 on Sunday. And Los Angeles did so mainly off the leg of their kicker Greg Zuerlein, who connected on all seven of his field goal attempts.
Despite the loss, the Cowboys star players turned in quality numbers. Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 20 of his 36 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 85 yards and a score on the ground while also posting four catches for 54 yards and another touchdown through the air.
Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was able to record a sack in this contest, tying him with Hall of Fam linebacker Kevin Greene as the only players ever to record a sack in each of their first four games of a season.
Following the unexpected loss, the Cowboys have to be scratching their heads as to how things have changed so much from last season. Injuries, inexperience and inconsistency seem like the likely culprits.
The 2-2 Dallas Cowboys will stay home this week, welcoming in the 3-1 Green Bay Packers to AT&T Stadium, who are fresh off a Thursday night victory over the Chicago Bears, 35-14. That game will be next Sunday, October 8th, at 3:25 p.m. CDT on FOX.