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On Deck: St. Louis Rams

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    NEWSLETTERS

    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2014 season.

    The Opponent: After an embarrassing season-opening loss to Minnesota, the Rams returned last week to get a somewhat unlikely road victory in Tampa, beating the Bucs 19-17. Quarterback Austin Davis (who?) was efficient in his first start since replacing the injured Shaun Hill, who replaced Sam Bradford. Davis was 22-for-29, albeit for just 235 yards and no touchdowns.

    Past Meetings: The Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams had some epic playoff showdowns back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but since the Rams moved to St. Louis, the Cowboys have dominated the series to the tune of 4-2 with the last two meetings ending in lopsided Cowboys wins. As a whole, the Cowboys are 16-15 against the Rams franchise.

    Key Matchup:Rams front seven vs. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray — The Rams defense was hyped up coming into the season, and their young talent gave folks good reason to feel excited about the unit. In Week 1, the Vikings ran wild on them. Now, they face Murray, who has owned the Rams over the course of his career, running for 428 yards and two touchdowns in his two career games against them.

    Who's Hot: The aforementioned Murray has been spectacular through two games, outside of a fumble apiece in each of the two games. He's showing that, if healthy, the Cowboys can lean on him and let a struggling Tony Romo be more of a bus driver. Rolando McClain has been a revelation for the Cowboys' defense, making it somewhat respectable through two games as the leader of the pack at middle linebacker.

    Zac Stacy led the offensive "charge" for the Rams on Sunday, as they scored just one touchdown and four field goals. He rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown.

    Who's Not: Tony Romo is still struggling to find his groove and still looks to be far from 100 percent with his multiple off-season back surgeries. After his awful Week 1 performance, which included three interceptions, Romo bounced back to have an efficient, non-spectacular outing on Sunday. He passed for 176 yards and a score and didn't turn the ball over.

    Kenny Britt was being counted on to be a go-to receiver for the Rams after he showed a ton of potential in Tennessee, but so far, things haven't gone too well for him. On Sunday in the Rams' win, he caught just one pass for 17 yards.