St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys: Live Grades and Analysis for Dallas

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St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys: Live Grades and Analysis for Dallas
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In Game: The Dallas Cowboys improved to 16-15 all-time against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium.

Final Score:

St. Louis - 7

Dallas - 31

 

Dallas Cowboys Grades
Position Units 1st Half Grades Final Grades
Pass Offense A A
Run Offense A+ A+
Pass Defense A+ A+
Run Defense A+ A+
Special Teams B+ B
Coaching A A

vs. Rams

Final Analysis 

Pass Offense: Tony Romo was remarkably efficient in completing 17 passes on 24 attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns. His use of tight ends Jason Witten and rookie Gavin Escobar was quite efficient.

Run Offense: Demarco Murray's first rushing touchdown set the tone for a 175-yard day. His 26 carries equaled a 6.7 yard per carry average. It wasn't another franchise single-game rushing record against St. Louis, but it was more than enough to dominate.

Pass Defense: Sam Bradford had not been sacked in four straight games dating back to last season. He was dropped six times in Dallas' first ever contest against a quarterback from Oklahoma. Enough said.

Run Defense: Five yards rushing allowed in the first quarter was another statement. That´s about it in this game.

Special Teams: Opening punt muff by Dwayne Harris just intolerable, period—special teams survives ensuing fake on next series of downs. Tavin Austin punt return for touchdown was nullified—ignore that. Dan Bailey's second miss at AT&T Stadium in the second half didn't really hurt too much.

Coaching: First called timeout at 9:15 in the first half was very smart. Murray scored on the ground on the next play for a 17-0 lead. Saving timeouts for final drive was critical in setting stage for second half. Easy to coach a game when your opponent is completely overmatched.

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First-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Tony Romo's touchdown pass to Dez Bryant was gold. We'll forgive the ''throat slash'' penalty. Jason Witten was involved in moving the chains. Romo simply took what was offered by the Rams defense.

Run Offense: DeMarco Murray gained more yards on his first possession than he did during the contest against Kansas City. A 36-yard gain to begin second their possession set a nice stage—hello, Brian Waters on the right side. Murray´s first rushing touchdown in the second quarter was a breakthrough.

Pass Defense: The first three sacks of Sam Bradford made a statement in the first half. Dallas' defense allowed no first downs in the first quarter. The Rams didn't pick up first first down until midway into the second quarter.

Run Defense: Five yards rushing allowed in the first quarter was another statement. That´s about it.

Special Teams: An opening-punt muff by Dwayne Harris was just intolerable, period—but special teams survived an ensuing fake on the next series of downs. Tavon Austin's punt return for a touchdown was nullified—ignore that.

Coaching: The first called timeout at 9:15 was very smart. Murray scored on the ground on the next play for a 17-0 lead. Saving timeouts for the final drive was critical in setting the stage for second half.

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