Wade Phillips explains why he has no ill will toward the Cowboys

Before taking the head coaching job with the Rams back in January, Sean McVay spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Redskins, which means he's highly familiar with the Cowboys and their defensive personnel. The Cowboys, known as "America's Team", made headlines Monday night when they knelt as a team - including owner Jerry Jones - before rising for the anthem in a game against the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The bad news is safety Lamarcus Joyner is out and his back up, Cody Davis, will likely also be out. According to a Sunday morning report from Todd Archer of ESPN, the Cowboys will be without starting middle linebacker Sean Lee against the Rams. During their season, the Rams averaged more than 80,000 per-home game (seven home games total) and had more than 590,000 attending home games combined.

As will how much of an impact the running backs will have.

"Just flip on the tape and he's a scary player", McVay said. I think it will be a good battle, likely an offensive shootout. "So it's an overall team effort".

On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown in 22 attempts while Prescott added 16 yards and a touchdown.

"You have your ups and downs in this game". "Yeah, we spent some good years there".

The list of questionable players for this game is a long one for the Cowboys. End Demarcus Lawrence has an NFL-best 61/2 sacks. This was an area of concern for the Cowboys going into the season, but has seemingly been solved by Lawrence's performance thus far. He has five tackles and one sack in two games and the two-time Pro Bowler will certainly have the attention of the Cowboys. "So that's when it kind of went downhill", Gurley continued.

Goff finally looks comfortable dropping back to pass, although he does have the tendency to back up into pressure when pass rushers break into the backfield. "So if you can finish 3-1, you are going to be right where you want to be".

The Cowboys offense will physically wear down the Rams defense throughout the game, controlling the clock and keeping the Dallas defense fresh.

The Cowboys have knelt for the last time this season.

On the bright side, the Rams now sit about five deep at wide receiver and, if Jared Goff can get decent protection, they should still be able to put up some points against Dallas.

"In my experience a year ago, the quarterback is the real deal", Barwin said.

With the addition of Whitworth and another free-agent signing, center John Sullivan, and improved play from Havenstein, Brown and Saffold, the Rams have the league's top-scoring offense entering Week 4. "So we will have to be at our best against him". They rank 22nd in total defense, 28th against the run, and are giving up 25 points per game.

But McVay believes the change was beneficial for Havenstein by forcing him to play faster as the action between interior linemen develops more quickly. If Gurley gets rolling against a Cowboys' defense that struggled to stop the run against Denver in Week 2, then the Cowboys will have problems.

If they can make this a reality on Sunday, the Rams will be a very tough team to beat. "He can wreck a game if you're not careful". They should have handled a hobbled Indianapolis team, and they did.

"Every week is the most important week". I heard it's awesome, heard the fans are great and we're excited to get out there. Certainly not at the level of a Dallas, or an Oakland. but once you get past Dallas and Oakland, how many teams have a good offensive line?

  • Julie Sanders