December 16 2017

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December 16 2017, 03:07 | Sammy Rose

Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams 2017: Prediction, Betting Odds For Week 4

Cole Beasley Keith Smith

Last season in seven games played, Goff tossed five touchdowns in 2016, so far in four games this season, he has seven and has thrown for as many yards this season (1,072) as he did all of previous year (1,089). It may not have felt like much, but it was enough to keep the Rams in the game rather than snuff out the young team's hope. The Rams seem to still be adjusting to Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, but may have turned the corner with a solid effort in the second half. They're 3-1, but a two-spot climb after beating a legitimate Super Bowl contender on the road is minimal.

"It's very disappointing", Dallas owner Jerry Jones said. Fortunately, we made them all.

-Kicker Greg Zuerlein booted seven field goals to help the Rams maximize their time in the red zone Sunday.

Quarterback Dak Prescott blamed the loss on his play and said he failed to make the throws he needed to make and had to improve quickly.

Knowing that the Jared Goff era was really getting underway this season instead of a year ago, the off-season yielded more what-if scenarios than fans and the team probably wanted.

"I just have to be better", Prescott acknowledged. It's like insane. He goes 7-for-7, we win the game.

The Cowboys marched right back, going on a drive that moved 81 yards in 15 plays and took a whopping 8:02 off the clock.

In the first half, the Cowboys put up 287 yards of total offense to the Rams' 131, and they owned the time of possession 18:00 to 12:00, having earned points on each of their four drives.

Goff ranks seventh in the National Football League in passing yards (817), fourth in completion percentage (70.4), second in yards per attempt (10.1) and fourth in quarterback rating (118.2).

Rookie Jake Elliott kicked four field goals for the Eagles (3-1).

Gurley was the story after the break.

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime to lift NY to victory over Jacksonville at East Rutherford, N.J. "That humbles you. We will take those experiences from past year and learn from them".

The switch then flipped back on for Prescott and Co.

Dallas' two losses have come to No. 6 Denver and No. 10 Los Angeles, while their two victories have been over No. 23 Arizona and No. 29 NY. Goff has completed 70.4 percent of his passes in first-year coach Sean McVay's system for 817 yards and five touchdowns against just one interception. However, it was called back because of a holding penalty on center Travis Frederick.

In USA TODAY's poll on Tuesday ahead of Week 5, Los Angeles is now a top-10 team.

On the ground, Todd Gurley rushed for 121 yards in 23 carries while Tavon Austin added 48 yards in six attempts.

It's going to a fun next couple of weeks for the Los Angeles Rams.

Even after that play Dallas had several chances to win, but it just felt as if they were simply out-coached by the Rams staff which features rookie head coach Sean McVay and former Dallas head coach and current L.A. defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

"The mindset (McVay) has of me being able to step up and be able to catch passes, it takes a lot of stress off everybody", Gurley said.

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