January 24 2018

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January 24 2018, 01:46 | Sammy Rose

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott stand on the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. Prescott and

The Seahawks travel to Los Angeles next week to play the Rams. Last season, he appeared in 15 regular-season games for the playoff-bound Cowboys en route to registering 145 total tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defense. While the Rams line is a superior unit to last year's sieve, these are two elite pass rushers playing on their home turf.

But in three games this season, the Rams' defense has struggled against the run and is now ranked among the league's bottom tier in total defense and points given up. Quarterback Carson Palmer has been erratic at times this season, but offensive line struggled and he was under constant duress against the Cowboys.

Gurley finished with 215 total yards - 121 rushing and 94 receiving - as the Rams overcame two first-half touchdowns from Ezekiel Elliott the day before a federal appeals court hearing related to the star Dallas running back's blocked six-game suspension over a domestic incident in Ohio.

Goff showed more poise in first-year coach Sean McVay's offense, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Zuerlein hit from 44 yards to pull the Rams within 10-6, but on the next play of the ensuing drive, Dallas' Alfred Morris ran 70 yards. Goff was sacked 26 times in just seven games. With that win, it could set the tone for the rest of the Rams' season that may surprise many critics and fans alike. Their secret weapon - punter Johnny Hekker - put the ball at the Dallas 14-yard line.

The Dallas coach praised his team's ability to balance game preparation with multiple discussions over the Trump-fueled issues, despite the slow start.

The inactives for Sunday's tilt against the Rams have been announced, and the Cowboys will be without their defensive leader.

They beat the Cowboys 35-30 at AT&T Stadium, and basically everybody contributed for the Rams. A 66-yard kickoff return led to a Rams field goal earlier.

The Rams defense once again forced a punt, but the Rams could not convert it into a touchdown. Gurley made a nice open-field move and completed the 47-yard touchdown to give the Rams the lead for the first time, at 26-24, with 2:59 left in the third quarter. Through three weeks, the Rams are surrendering 139 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 29th overall in the NFL.

Dak Prescott has been solid in his second National Football League season, completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 689 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. They proceeded to lose four in a row and finished the season 4-12.

Though giving up 42 points to Denver in Week 1 wasn't pretty, the Dallas defense has taking meaningful steps since a year ago. The offense kicked the go-ahead field goal on the resulting possession. Gurley has also added an additional 140 yards and two TDs catching the ball out of the backfield.

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