For a second consecutive week, a slow start on both sides of the ball was too much for the Rams to overcome in a 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The Rams were held without a first down until the second quarter, and carried a 17-0 deficit into the second half. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray posted his second strong performance in two career games against St. Louis, collecting 175 yards on 25 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Rams broke into the scoring column with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from QB
Bradford completed 29 of 48 passes for 240 yards on the day, with one touchdown pass and no interceptions. The Rams finished with 232 yards offensively.
“I think just a lack of execution, and not being able to overcome the early challenges, I think that really hurt us today,” Bradford said.
Dallas scored on its opening possession, as Cowboys QB Tony Romo connected with WR Dez Bryant on a 2-yard touchdown pass to conclude an eight-play, 61-yard drive. Romo finished 17 of 24 for 210 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Rams will have a short week before hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.
“We’ve got to get past this and get right to the 49ers,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said.
News and notes:
-The Rams’ streak of four consecutive games without allowing a sack came to an end when Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick took Bradford down on the game’s opening possession.