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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 34, Rams 7

By Calvin Watkins


ARLINGTON, Texas -- This was the type of game you're supposed to win, no matter where you are as a team. The Cowboys beat up the winless St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon, 34-7.

The Cowboys dominated on defense and ran with power behind rookie DeMarco Murray.

What it means: The Cowboys ended two streaks on Sunday. They ended a two-game losing streak and an 11-game stretch where games were decided by four points or fewer. It was good for the Cowboys to have an easy game for a change, and with a new right guard (Montrae Holland) and running back (Murray), Dallas had few problems taking care of business.

Rookie's record day: Rookie running back Murray rushed for franchise-record 253 yards on 25 carries. Murray had a 91-yard touchdown run, the second longest in franchise history. He set the record on a run to the left side in the fourth quarter, and when he came out Dez Bryant was the first player to greet him. It was a magical day for Murray, who didn't even start the game.

Bryant shows up in second half: After going two games with no catches in the second half, Bryant had four in the second half and finished with five catches for 90 yards with one touchdown. There were questions about why Bryant couldn't get the ball in the second half. Bryant said defenses didn't do anything to him, he just couldn't get any passes. Wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson backed up that statement. Regardless of what it was, it was something to be concerned about.

What's next? The Cowboys visit the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. The Cowboys can gain some ground in the NFC East with a victory and possibly gain some momentum heading into November.