Offensive and Defensive Lines Dominate as Dallas Cowboys Cruise to 2-1
One of the storylines that everyone was talking about heading into this game was the Cowboys inability to run the ball in Week 2; everyone with an opinion had their reasoning on why the Cowboys couldn’t run the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs, including Cowboys players themselves.
Prior to the game, there were reports that Cowboys’ defensive tackle Jason Hatcher called Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo out during the week for his questionable audible calls in Week 2. I’m guessing that the message from Hatcher was loud and clear, not only to Romo, but to Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan as well because the Cowboys ran the ball early and often against the Rams.
By the games’ end, it was clear that the Cowboys offensive line had imposed its will on the Rams’ defense. Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray finished the day with 26 carries for 175 yards and one touchdown; as a team the Cowboys ran the ball 34 times for 193 yards.
The Cowboys also had a stellar performance from the defensive line. From the get-go, the Cowboys defensive line got after Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, whom they harassed all game. Led by defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who had two sacks on Sunday, the Cowboys defensive line sacked Bradford six times; prior to Sunday’s game the Rams’ offensive line had not given up a sack.
The Cowboys looked good on Sunday, but still have a long way to go. Their next challenge will be the San Diego Chargers.
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