Dallas is in a world of hurt without Tony Romo, and they figured that out quickly when Brad Johnson got the start. Despite Marion Barber giving Dallas a 7-0 lead on his 1 yard touchdown run, the Rams would be in control the rest of the afternoon.
On the opening drive for the Rams, rookie receiver Donnie Avery had a nice touchdown reception for 42 yards from Marc Bulger to tie the game at 7 all. Steven Jackson would run all over the Cowboys for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of Jackson's runs came in the 1st quarter to give the Rams a 21-7 lead. St. Louis in fact would score 34 consecutive points until Dallas added a garbage score in the final 2 minutes of the game to make it 34-14, which was the final.
The defense cane up big today and was able to make Brad Johnson's day a living nightmare. He threw for 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times. O.J. Atogwe came up with 2 of those pics, with Will Witherspoon getting the other. Johnson was never able to get into a rythum and was lucky he was only intercepted 3 times. Several passes were in and out of the hands of Rams defenders but couldn't hang on.
The Rams improved their record to 2-4 while Dallas fell to 4-3. St. Louis is in 2nd place in the NFC West two games behind the Arizona Cardinals. With this win Jim Haslett improves to 2-0 as head coach of the Rams after the game after taking over for Scott Linehan.
Rams Player of the Game
No doubt its Steven Jackson. He had an amazing game rushing for 160 yards on 25 attempts and scoring 3 touchdowns, including a 56 yarder in the 3rd quarter. He also added 2 receptions for 16 yards.
Week 8 Matchup
St. Louis travels out east to Foxboro, Massachusettes to take on the New England Patriots. New England is a lot more managable without Tom Brady, but still feature explosive Randy Moss and a pretty good running attack with Sammy Morris.