Dominant D puts Cowboys past Rams 22-10 for 4th straight win
On the Rams' third offensive play, Dallas' Dorance Armstrong bashed through their offensive line and hit Matthew Stafford. DeMarcus Lawrence scooped up the quarterback's fumble and rumbled into the end zone.
“It was a surreal moment,” Lawrence said of his second touchdown in nine NFL seasons. “When the ball came out and it hit my feet, I was like, ‘This can’t be true.’ When I turned around and I didn’t feel nobody around me, I was like, ‘This is real!’”
The Cowboys' impressive start to the season without Dak Prescott is also very real — and not even the defending Super Bowl champions could slow them down.
Lawrence returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown on the Rams’ opening drive, and Cooper Rush remained unbeaten as the Cowboys' fill-in starter despite passing for just 102 yards in a 22-10 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.
Tony Pollard made an outstanding 57-yard TD run for the Cowboys, who are off to a 4-1 start for the second consecutive season after racking up four consecutive wins without Prescott, who seems close to a return from thumb surgery.
Armstrong forced the fumble returned by Lawrence and later blocked a punt in the first quarter for Dallas, which got 86 yards rushing from Pollard and 78 more from Ezekiel Elliott.
With Rush going 10 for 16, the running game and the Cowboys' solid defense took charge.
“Oh, it shifted the whole momentum,” linebacker Micah Parsons said of the big play by Armstrong and Lawrence. “You start how you finish. We started with a bang, and we ended with a bang.”
Indeed, Parsons' strip-sack of Stafford on the Rams' final play punctuated a rough day for LA.
Cooper Kupp had a 75-yard touchdown reception for the Rams (2-3), who fell below .500 for only the second time in coach Sean McVay's six seasons while getting shut out in the second half.
“This is some adversity that we’re facing right now,” McVay said. “You find out a lot about people when you do go through that. It’s not good enough right now. I’ll never pretend that it is.”