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Rams vs. Cowboys: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on October 23, 2011 – 6:47 PM


Fourth Quarter

– The Rams got a first down as Feeley hit Hoomanawanui for a gain of 27.

– But that was it for the Rams, who punted it back and Dallas starts yet again at its 22.

– It matters not who is at running back for Dallas as it continues to just pound the ball on the ground against the Rams’ woeful run defense.

– Murray ripped off a 43-yard run to the Rams’ 30 before ceding the work to Phillip Tanner.

– Tanner ran twice for 23 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown to make it 27-7 with 9:22 to go.

– The Rams got it back at their 13.

– Rams drive ended when Ware sacked Feeley, forcing a fumble and the Cowboys took over on downs at the Rams’ 34.

– Romo hit Bryant for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 34-7 Dallas with 4:07 to play.

– As Dallas backed off, the Rams put together a drive highlighted by a 34-yard catch and run from Lloyd to the Dallas’ 13.

– The Rams got to Dallas’ 1 but couldn’t put it in and that ended it.

– Dallas wins 34-7.

Third Quarter

– The Cowboys started the second half from their 20.

– Murray picked up 19 on second down to the 45.

– A handoff to Choice turned into a turnover as Choice was hit by Mikell, jarring it loose as he fell to the ground. Al Harris pounced on it to give the Rams a golden opportunity at the Dallas 44.

– The Rams promptly went three and out as Feeley looked deep for Lloyd on first down but got no call for interference and no catch.

– Dallas gets it back at its 12.

– The Cowboys methodically drove it with a couple of catches by Bryant and some Murray running.

– Dallas settled for a 51-yard field goal from Bailey to make it 20-7 Dallas with 5:32 to go in the third quarter.

– Rams wasted good field position again, starting from their 40 and going three and out.

– The Cowboys get it back at their 14.

– The Rams got a stop after DallasĀ  picked up a pair of first downs. Rams take over at their 3.

– Feeley hit Jackson for 3 yards to the 5.

– At the end of the third quarter, the Rams trail 20-7.

Second Quarter

– DE James Hall came up with a sack to move the Cowboys back 11 yards but it didn’t take long for them to get it back.

– Romo hit Dez Bryant for a gain of 34 then Laurent Robinson for 17 more to the Rams’ 4.

– On third-and-goal at the 1, Romo hit Witten in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and 14-0 lead with 12:25 to go in the half.

– The Rams started from their 15 and put together a solid drive as Feeley hit Lloyd for gains of 7, 4 and 7.

– But the big play came when Jackson broke a 40-yard gain up the middle to the Dallas 6.

– On first and goal, the Rams cleared out the right side and Jackson waltzed into the end zone for a touchdown.

– A red zone score for the Rams, a positive step in the right direction. They trim Dallas lead to 14-7 with 7:58 to go in the half.

– LB Brady Poppinga has a left calf strain, his return is doubtful. Bryan Kehl is in for Poppinga.

– The Cowboys started again from their 20.

– After picking up a first down on a 6-yard completion to Witten, the Cowboys were forced to punt after an incomplete pass on third down.

– The Rams take over again at their 13.

– Two plays gained 2 yards before Feeley misfired a pass that was intercepted by Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins.

– Dallas takes over again at the Rams’ 30.

– Murray picked up a first down, gaining 10 on two carries. Romo followed by hitting Miles Austin for a gain of 9 to make it second-and-1 at the Rams’ 11.

– The Rams caught a break as Bryant dropped what would have been a touchdown on the ensuing second down and Al Harris broke up the third down pass.

– K Dan Bailey hit from 30 yards out to make it 17-7 Dallas with 15 seconds left in the half.

– That’s where we stand at the half, as Dallas leads 17-7.

First Quarter

– The Rams won the toss and elected to receive.

– After starting from their 24, the Rams ran twice for a net of 3 yards before Feeley hit Salas for a 12-yard gain and a first down.

– Two more Jackson runs and an incompletion netted 0 yards and the Rams had to punt.

– Donnie Jones boomed one that was downed at the 2, where Dallas gets its first chance.

– The Cowboys picked up a first down when Romo hit Jason Witten for a 4-yard gain on second down.

– A holding penalty on the Rams followed by one on Dallas moved it back to the 9 for a first-and-19.

– From there, rookie RB DeMarco Murray did all the work, taking a handoff on a misdirection play, making Quintin Mikell miss and racing 91 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead for Dallas.

– The Rams started again from their 20 and picked up a quick 12 on a completion to Lloyd. They added another first down as Feeley hit Bajema for 12 yards and a first down into Dallas territory.

– But that was all for that drive as the Rams lost 5 on a third down screen pass. Dallas gets it back at its 20.

– The Rams defense bounced back with a quick three and out.

– Good field position for the Rams who take over at their 36.

– The Rams had a drive moving after Jackson converted a third down for a gain of 5 to the 50.

– On the ensuing play, disaster struck twice after Feeley dumped it off to Cadillac Williams for a gain of about 12 but Williams fumbled and Dallas S Abram Elam recovered.

– Not only did the drive end up the Rams lost RT Jason Smith to injury. He was taken off on a stretcher.

– Smith waved his hands a little bit as he was taken off on the stretcher. He will not return. Updates as we get them.

– At the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys lead 7-0 and have a first down at the Rams’ 44.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from Cowboys Stadium where the Rams and Cowboys are warming up in preparation for today’s 3:15 start.

– As announced yesterday, QB Sam Bradford will not be available today because of a sprained left ankle. He tested it on Friday but the Rams didn’t want to risk making it worse.

– A.J. Feeley will start in Bradford’s stead and the Rams have promoted QB Tom Brandstater from the practice squad to serve as the backup.

– To make room for Brandstater, the Rams released WR/KR Nick Miller.

– At receiver, the Rams will have a little different look this week. Expect Danario Alexander to start with newly-acquired Brandon Lloyd. Greg Salas and Austin Pettis will also be in the mix.

– The inactives for the Rams: Bradford, RB Jerious Norwood, CB Brian Jackson, DE C.J. Ah You, TE Stephen Spach, LB Ben Leber and WR Brandon Gibson.

– The addition of Lloyd and the special teams need of Pettis puts Gibson down.

– Rams will be wearing blue jerseys with white pants today.

– Of note for the Cowboys, RB Felix Jones is inactive as expected. Tashard Choice starts in his stead.

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3 Responses to “Rams vs. Cowboys: Running Blog”

  1. By Albert on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Why are you guys not using the slots recivers Salas. Lloyds doing great but you still have Donario Spread the ball

  2. By James Williams on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Ram fans, we always stick together, through the good and the bad but this is the lowest of the lowes. Just watching them play is like a train reck, they don’t have any continuity or team chemistry. Brandon Loydd is a great receiver, he just landed on a pathetic team. Sorry Brandon, you have to hang in there until the Rams ownership makes the necessary moves to bring back a team that can resemble a winner.

  3. By James Williams on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Ram Fans, we need to voice our opinions regarding this coaching staff and players. We have some very good players but not enough roll players. Remember back in the day of the 49rs, they did not have a lot of star players, they had great roll players who new their jobs and they did it well. This Ram team is not even a fraction of a good team. You can see the players are frustrated and not because they don’t have talent, it’s because the darn coaching process does not work and will never work. I know I’ve sent out a lot of messages but I just have to get my frustration out, we can’t continue to go year after year with this coaching staff and expect to win games. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely need to add some good roll players to the team and maybe, just maybe we can have a decent season.

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