Slow Start Send Rams to Second Straight Road Loss

Posted Sep 22, 2013

For a second consecutive week, a slow start on both sides of the ball was too much for the Rams to overcome in a 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The Rams were held without a first down until the second quarter, and carried a 17-0 deficit into the second half. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray posted his second strong performance in two career games against St. Louis, collecting 175 yards on 25 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Rams broke into the scoring column with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from QB Sam Bradford to WR Austin Pettis that narrowed the Rams’ deficit to 24-7. The touchdown was the second of the season for Pettis, and capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive. The score also marked the fourth time in the last five games that Pettis has reached the end zone, a streak dating back to last season.

Bradford completed 29 of 48 passes for 240 yards on the day, with one touchdown pass and no interceptions.  The Rams finished with 232 yards offensively.

“I think just a lack of execution, and not being able to overcome the early challenges, I think that really hurt us today,” Bradford said.

Dallas scored on its opening possession, as Cowboys QB Tony Romo connected with WR Dez Bryant on a 2-yard touchdown pass to conclude an eight-play, 61-yard drive. Romo finished 17 of 24 for 210 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Rams will have a short week before hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

“We’ve got to get past this and get right to the 49ers,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said.

News and notes:

-DT Kendall Langford collected his first sack of the season when he wrapped up Cowboys QB Tony Romo 

-The Rams’ streak of four consecutive games without allowing a sack came to an end when Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick took Bradford down on the game’s opening possession.

-WR Chris Givens led the Rams in receiving yardage for the second consecutive week, finishing with 54 yards on two receptions.

-RB Isaiah Pead established career highs with 43 receiving yards on seven catches. Pead also led the Rams with six carries for 20 yards.