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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Rams 3 13 10 9 35
Dallas 3 21 0 6 30
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , October 1, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 91,869

Rams, Cowboys both looking to move forward

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Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Rams are 2-1 after a 41-39 road win over the 49ers last Thursday night. It was the Rams' most points allowed in any win in franchise history. They have scored 40 or more points in both of their wins, and lead the NFL with an average of 35.7 points per game after scoring an NFL-low 14.0 per game in 2016.
  2. Dallas is 2-1 through three games for the seventh consecutive season, following a 28-17 win at Arizona Monday night. The Cowboys have won their last eight regular-season home games going back to Week 3 last year, though they fell to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs this past January at AT&T Stadium (34-31).
  3. Dallas has scored 30-plus points in winning each of the last three matchups between these teams, most recently a 34-31 road victory in 2014 (in St. Louis). The Cowboys lead the all-time regular-season series, 13-11.
  4. After averaging 44.5 attempts per game in Weeks 1 and 2, Dak Prescott threw just 18 passes against Arizona Monday (completing 13). His 141.7 passer rating in the game was the third highest of his career.
  5. Jared Goff had career bests in completion percentage (78.6 percent) and passer rating (145.8) in Week 3, his 10th career start. For the season, Goff ranks third in the NFL with a 70.4 percent completion percentage and 118.2 rating, up from 54.6 percent and 63.6 in 2016, respectively.
  6. Los Angeles has 20 offensive plays of 20-plus yards this season, tied with New England for the most in the NFL. None of those 20 plays have been touchdowns, however -- all 10 of the Rams' offensive touchdowns have come from the red zone.
Team Comparison

Los Angeles
 
Dallas
35.7 Points 21.3
285.7 Pass Yds 229.7
95.3 Rush Yds 89.3
5 Takeaways 3

The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys enter their Week 4 contest with matching records and a similar objective: show the flashes of success so far this season are actually a trend.

But a winning trend would mean different things for the two organizations as the 2017 campaign settles in for the long haul and Los Angeles visits Dallas.

The Rams lost 11 of their last 12 games a year ago, so their 2-1 start under first-year coach Sean McVay already feels like a move in the right direction.

Another positive for Los Angeles has been the quarterback play of 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. He threw seven interceptions to just five touchdowns while starting the final seven games last season but is flipping the script the last three weeks as he enters Sunday's game with 817 passing yards and five TDs to one interception.

"Really pleased with Jared tonight," McVay said after the Rams' 41-39 victory over San Francisco on Thursday. "I thought he made great decisions with the football. I thought Jared managed the game extremely well, distributed to his playmakers, gave guys a chance down the field -- you look at Sammy (Watkins) and Robert (Woods) coming away with over 100 (yards) apiece. And, really, those are the kinds of things we expect from him."

However, Goff will face new challenges this week in Dallas. For starters, receivers Watkins and Tavon Austin are in the concussion protocol and their availability for Sunday is unknown.

And then there's the Dallas defense, spearheaded by NFL sacks leader DeMarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys made life miserable for Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the season-opener in Dallas.

"They're an excellent defense," said McVay, who was the Redskins offensive coordinator the last three seasons. "(Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod) Marinelli has those guys playing really hard. Just being in that division the last couple of years, a lot of respect for them."

One variable factor will be the availability of Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a hamstring injury versus Arizona on Monday night. Lee was listed as questionable on Wednesday.

While the Rams hope to keep breathing new life into the organization, Dallas is attempting to find the same rhythm it used to win 11 straight through the heart of the 2016 season.

The Broncos thumped the Cowboys in Week 2, but Dallas recovered from a slow start against the Cardinals and edged Arizona 28-17 on Monday.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the charge.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said his team didn't get rattled after the Cardinals controlled the early stages of the Monday night game.

"The big thing you have to do in that situation is just kind of stay locked in on what you need to do individually, what your job is on your play," Garrett said. "If everybody does that, you're going to start executing ball plays on both sides, and we were able to do that."

The Cowboys are still sweating whether or not star running back Ezekiel Elliott will have to serve a six-game suspension this season, but Prescott's play against the Cardinals gave Cowboys fans hope their team can stay on track either way.

Elliott will be available on Sunday and it could be a big show at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys offense clicked at times versus the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals, and each of those opponents appear to be stronger on defense than the Rams.

Los Angeles surrendered 421 yards of total offense against San Francisco. Even so, McVay looked at the glass as half full after the victory.

"The one thing that we were most proud of is that in crunch time, when you have to be your best, Troy Hill makes a huge play on the two-point to stop them," McVay said. "Aaron (Donald) finishes off the game with a sack to close it out. They were their best when they had to be."

Updated September 27, 2017

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