Cowboys ground and pound Rams

Posted 12/17/19

The Dallas Cowboys slightly righted a sinking ship Sunday with a 44-point offensive outburst against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington. The win evens up their record at 7-7 with a road matchup against the Eagles to decide their season in week 16.

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Cowboys ground and pound Rams

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The Dallas Cowboys slightly righted a sinking ship Sunday with a 44-point offensive outburst against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington. The win evens up their record at 7-7 with a road matchup against the Eagles to decide their season in week 16.

The Dallas rushing attack was on full display in Sunday’s win over the Rams with a lofty total of 263 yards on the ground. Tony Pollard led the team with 131 yards on just 12 carries (10.9 yards per attempt) while Ezekiel Elliott added 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Dak Prescott connected with eight receivers for 212 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Tavon Austin and Jason Witten.

Despite a rocky season after last year’s run to the Super Bowl, the Rams (8-6) finally appeared to have sorted out their issues entering the matchup in Dallas. With victories in three of four matchups, including a convincing win over the 11-3 Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles was back in the playoff conversation and a clear favorite over the struggling Cowboys.

Dallas never allowed Todd Gurley any breathing room, holding the star running back to just 20 yards on the ground. Jared Goff padded his stats with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, but the L.A. offense was dominated throughout the game.

The Cowboys and Eagles are now tied atop a weak NFC East division with two weeks to play in the regular season. Dallas holds the tie-breaker over Philadelphia thanks to a 37-10 head-to-head win on Oct. 20 in Arlington.

However, the two teams will meet for a second time at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday in a matchup that will likely decide which team goes to the postseason. The Eagles defeated Washington in week 15 to even their record at 7-7.

After the critical matchup, Dallas will conclude their season at home against Washington while the Eagles travel to New York to visit the Giants.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers (11-3) and Minnesota Vikings (10-4) will also go head-to-head in week 16 in a game that could end up deciding the NFC North. The Packers won the first contest at Lambeau Field in September. Whichever team does not win the North will likely attain one of the two wildcards.

Also currently up for grabs is the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) fell out of the division lead with a loss to the lowly Atlanta Falcons at the last second on Sunday. The loss allowed Seattle to move into first place in the division thanks to a tiebreaker. The teams will meet again in Seattle on the last day of the season in a matchup that will likely decide the division. The lesser of the two will also secure a wildcard spot.

With three 11-3 teams atop the NFC, the New Orleans Saints moved back into the one-seed slot for the time being by virtue of a tiebreaker. This became official with a blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. In the win, Drew Brees surpassed Peyton Manning on the list of all-time leaders in career touchdown passes. Brees now has 541 to Manning’s 539.

To make matters more interesting, Tom Brady is sitting at 538 touchdown passes, meaning he will also likely tie or surpass Manning and move into second all-time in New England’s matchup against Buffalo Sunday.

Logic would suggest that Brees edges out Brady from here on out considering where the two are at in their careers. This means that Brees would hold onto the record in the longterm until a younger player overtakes him.

The Texans won the first of two critical matchups against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville Sunday to take a one-game advantage in the AFC South. The two will meet again on the final day of the season in Houston.

The Texans (9-5) are currently the four seed in the AFC playoffs with aspirations to move into the three spot before the end of the year. Either way, they would host a playoff game. A four seed would likely mean a matchup against the Buffalo Bills while a six seed would mean the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The top three seeds in the AFC are currently held by the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

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