Rams Look Much Improved in their Second Season in Los Angeles

The Dallas Cowboys will be a little shorthanded on the defensive side of the football when the heralded NFC East franchise takes on the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4.

Prior to the playing of the national anthem during Dallas' Week 3 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Cowboys players and team personnel knelt with their arms linked.

The Rams must find a way to get to Dak Prescott and pressure the Cowboys' quarterback. Watkins leads the Rams with 194 yards receiving and has two touchdown grabs, along with Gurley. The 1-yard plunge came after a review overturned a touchdown. The Rams have been better than people think and if they can get Gurley going here and keep the clock ticking I think the Rams can keep this close. Their secret weapon - punter Johnny Hekker - put the ball at the Dallas 14-yard line. He followed that run up with two TD passes to WRs Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the second half, while the defense was able to disrupt the Cardinals offense enough to help secure their victory. But a 44-yard Zuerlein field goal would make the score 24-16 at halftime. For so many years, the Rams were stuck as a 7-9 or 8-8 team under Fisher. That included Jones and members of his family arm-in-arm with players in the middle of the field near the 50-yard line as boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium. It's about time for Ezekiel Elliott to look more like last season's version and prove to be more than Los Angeles can handle. Gurley has taken advantage of this fact, and has rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns. The Rams turned that deficit into an 8-point lead.

They forced Dallas to punt on every possession in the third quarter. Down by a pair, Dallas elected to go for a two-point conversion. Signal-caller Dak Prescott has developed in the pre-snap phase of the game and remains physically gifted as both a passer and runner. Instead of forcing runs on first and second down when defenses have been stacking eight guys in the box, they should work some quick hitting passes.

Don't let the 30 points on offense fool you or the obvious problems on a defense minus linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) against a Rams team that is the league's new rising star with a 3-1 mark. Defensively, the Cowboys are yielding 20.7 points and 315.0 total yards (227.7 in passing and 87.3 in rushing) per game. On 3rd-and-10 from the Dallas 40, Prescott escaped the pocket, rolled to his left, and scrambled for a 12-yard gain.

With the Rams getting gashed on the ground, don't be surprised if the Cowboys feed Elliott until he can't eat anymore. The eighth-year pro racked up a whopping 145 tackles last season, as well as secured his second bid to the Pro Bowl. Still, Los Angeles has shown glimpses of the team they can become if everything falls into place.