LOS ANGELES—FOOTBALL IS BACK IN L.A.! First, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 13-10 on Saturday, August 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rams Quarterback Jared Goff looked crisp while managing the offense in limited time, while rookie head coach Sean McVay earned his first W as head coach. The Coliseum was decked out in Rams blue, the setting was gorgeous, straight from a postcard.
The slogan appearing all around the stadium, and jumbotron read: ”Whose house is this?” The Rams faithful shouted, “Rams House”, every single time, willing them to victory in this defensive showdown.
The game was sloppy, complete with numerous fumbles (9 to be exact) and lacking in star power. I.E. Cowboys star power, the biggest storyline leading up to the contest was the suspension of Dallas Cowboys superstar, Running Back Ezekiel Elliott. On Friday, August 11, the NFL announced the leading rusher in the NFL will be suspended without pay the first six games of the regular season for domestic violence against a former girlfriend.
As a result, America’s team pouted like a spoiled child by resting their stars. There was no trace of Dak Prescott, Zeke, Dez Bryant or Jason Witten. The legions of Cowboys fans, a good 80 percent of the Coliseum, whole families all the way from grandparents to newborns were robbed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones from seeing their heroes in action.
It was a disheartening move from the Cowboys front office, ironic given Jones rallied the other NFL owners to approve the Rams move from St. Louis to the City of Angels.
Capitalizing on a muffed punt, the Rams opened up the game with an early touchdown. In the Red Zone, Goff threw a bullet to new addition, Robert Woods near the end zone. The ball was jarred loose, fortunately, Copper Kupp dove on the ball in the end zone, making it 7-0.
Jared Goff was three of four for 34 yards in limited action. Todd Gurley had four carries for two yards. The star of the game was rookie Justin Forsett from USC. The guy knows how to make defenders miss in his old stomping grounds. Davis gained 70 yards on 5 carries, and will be a steady backup to Todd Gurley.
The Rams are built around defense. New Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is already working wonders. The defense is switching to a 3-4 scheme, only allowing the Dallas Cowboys 248 yards on offense.
In the third quarter, Cowboys Tight End Rico Gathers caught a TD pass, evening the score at 10-10. Darren McFadden, Ezekiel Elliott’s backup carried the ball six times for 28 yards.
The Cowboys scored a touchdown in the third quarter, evening the score at 10 all. Sean Mannion drove down the field, and the Rams kicked a field goal, proving to be the difference. Final score: Rams 13 Cowboys 10.
The Los Angeles Rams kick off the regular season on Sunday, September 10. For our home opener, the Rams welcome Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at 1:05 P.M. To purchase rickets, visit: www.therams.com/tickets.