The Dallas Cowboys seem to find creative ways to win games these days. Not lost in all of this was a wild scramble by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that would remind older Cowboys fans of former QB Roger Staubach. It went like this: Romo chased an errant snap from center, kicking the ball along the way. But Romo, 33 yards behind the line of scrimmage, picked up the ball and somehow managed to recoup those 33 lost yards and 4 additional yards on what was originally a 3rd-and-3 play. That odd play sparked the Cowboys to a 35-7 rout of the punchless and winless St. Louis Rams.
Other than that odd play and a early punt return for a touchdown by Rams kick returner/wide receiver Dante Hall, it was all Dallas. The Cowboys led in every offensive statistical category, outgaining the Rams 502-187. The Cowboys have improved, both offensively and defensively, since Week 1 when they gave up 35 points to the New York Giants. They have widened their margin of victory on a weekly basis and have also given up fewer points on a weekly basis, as well. The Rams are another story.
They were without 6 starters with injuries, 2 to suspensions and lost several more to injuries, including WR Isaac Bruce. QB Marc Bulger played despite 2 broken ribs and what can be considered a patchwork offensive line that couldn’t protect him throughout the game. Bulger was eventually replaced by Gus Frerotte with 2:16 left in the 3rd quarter, with the Cowboys up by 28. The Cowboys were led by Romo (21-for-33, 339 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT); also having what can be described as a career game is WR Patrick Crayton. Crayton caught 7 balls for a career-high 184 yards and 2 TD’s. Running back Julius Jones chipped in with 52 rushing yards and a TD.
The Rams’ Marc Bulger went 11-for-24 for 114 yards and 1 INT. RB Brian Leonard led all Rams rushers with 58 yards on 16 carries. The winless Rams host the 2-2 Arizona Cardinals next Sunday while the 4-0 Cowboys play again on Monday, October 8, when they visit the 1-3 Buffalo Bills.