Rams blown off the park as they drop to 1-2 early in the season.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray starred for his side as they served up a sobering reality check to the St Louis Rams, beating them 31-7 in Arlington.
After starting 2-0 and giving their fans some hope that season 2013-14 would be different, the Rams were brought back to earth with a thud thanks to Murray and the Cowboys’ offence.
Murray rushed for 175 yards on 26 carries with a long of 41 yards and a touchdown to complete an almost perfect game from Dallas.
Tony Romo got in on the action as well and bagged three scoring drives, but it was the brilliance of Murray that was the talking point after the game.
He has already racked up 98 yards on the ground by half-time, which dwarfed the Rams’ entire production of 18 for the same period.
His 41-yard run two plays into the third quarter gave him his first 100-yard game in more than a year and set up a touchdown for a 24-0 lead.
“When you get a runner like that going, you can feed on him,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He gets a little contagious for everybody. Everybody starts feeling it.”
The Cowboys defensive line also stood up to the task at hand, sacking Rams’ play-caller six times for the afternoon, which was in stark contrast to the Rams’ offensive line not giving up a sack for the past four games stretching back to last year.
Romo had 17-24 on the day for 210 yards and three touchdowns, said nothing appeared different for Murray in the warm-up that would lead to his sensational game.
“I don’t know that there was anything that stood out to me, other than it was just the same commitment and drive and work ethic he’s shown all year in the offseason and the first two games,” Romo said of Murray, who declined to talk to reporters.
Dallas takes on the San Diego Charges are Qualcomm Stadium in week four while the Rams will have a lot of work to do this week to get ready for a San Francisco 49ers side that will have plenty to prove after its sluggish start to the season.