A superb effort from the St. Louis Rams saw them dominate the Dallas Cowboys in week 7 at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams offense was clicking as Steven Jackson ran for three touchdowns and Marc Bulger threw for one more touchdown. The Rams defense continued their improved play and although Marion Barber ran for 100 yards and Brad Johnson threw for 234 yards the Rams turned the Cowboys over 4 times. The Rams continued their bounce back effort under promoted head coach Jim Haslett.
The Cowboys ran and passed through the Rams defense on their first drive which was capped off by a touchdown by Marion Barber. The Rams quickly responded with a long touchdown pass to rookie Donnie Avery and neither the Rams offense or defense looked back from there. The Rams defense repeatedly stopped the vaunted Cowboys offense, which was lead by veteran backup quarterback Brad Johnson. New acquisition Roy Williams started but was held to zero catches as he was only in the game for about a third of the snaps and only targeted once. Also, Terrell Owens was held to only two catches by the Rams defensive backfield which blanketed the Dallas receivers.
The Rams offense was finally clicking on all cylinders. After not scoring an offensive touchdown last week in the win against the Washington Redskins, the Rams offense had 3 touchdowns in the first quarter. The Rams ended with four touchdowns total as Steven Jackson had a huge game with 160 yards on 25 carries.
This was a huge victory for the Rams and Jim Haslett as the Rams overcame a quick touchdown by the Cowboys to put up 34 unanswered points. The Rams were playing better as a team and each player was playing better than in previous weeks. Jason Craft and Ron Bartell were keeping tight coverage on Terrell Owens all afternoon. The Rams defense line was pressuring Brad Johnson all afternoon and came up with three sacks.
It was all good news for the Rams in the game, but the only bittersweet notes for the Rams is that Adam Carriker left the game with a sprained ankle and Steven Jackson left the game with a strained quad. No word on whether either player will miss any game time, but both injuries did not look very serious.
The Rams improved effort under Jim Haslett continues as the Rams play even better in all parts of the game and were able to dominate the Cowboys in Week 7. The Rams will head to New England in Week 8 to play another team with an injured starting quarterback in the New England Patriots. If the Rams continue to play as well as they have in the past two weeks, you would have to like their chances.