Third quarter: Cowboys 20, Rams 7
The running back siutation: DeMarco Murray started the second half for the Cowboys with Tashard Choice, who started game, watching from the sidelines. Choice did enter the game but fumble with 13:21 left in the quarter. He appeared to be injured on the play and needed help to the sideline. Murray received the bulk of the carries the rest of the quarter and entered the fourth quarter with 20 carries and 187 yards with one touchdown. Murray also had a dropped pass, his second of the game. Phillip Tanner checked in on offense for the first time this season with 7:12 left in the third quarter and did a nice job blocking on a pass play.
Bryant with a second-half catch: Dez Bryant ended his second-half catch drought Sunday. He didn't have a catch in the second half the last two games, and three games overall. But Bryant caught a 13-yarder on a slant and another 13-yard reception on a screen pass. The Cowboys need to get Bryant involved as much as possible to get the passing game moving.
Bailey with career-long kick: Dan Bailey converted a career-best 51-yard field goal attempt to give the Cowboys a 20-7 edge. Bailey has made his last 15 field goal tries this season. He continues to put pressure on fellow kicker David Buehler, who is fighting for a roster spot while recovering from a groin injury. After Bailey made the field goal, his kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Rams the ball at their 40.
Something we noticed: Yes it is the St. Louis Rams, but you get the feeling watching the Cowboys on Sunday that they just couldn't put this team away. You felt if this were a better team, the Cowboys would be in a closer game. It was good, however, to see the Cowboys run the ball.
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