The Rams' offensive renaissance extends beyond mere statistics, however.
Goff showed more poise in first-year coach Sean McVay's offense, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Goff has almost doubled his yard per attempt to 10.1, completed over 70 percent of his passes, and posted a passer rating of 118.2, all top-3 marks in the NFL. A regression is coming. It will be vital for Dallas to improve in both of these categories going forward. The Rams came into this season looking to shake off last year's disappointing campaign and with the way Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and the Rams offense has looked so far they could very well leapfrog the teams in the NFC West who have had a tough go to start the season and aren't looking like the Super Bowl contenders some were expecting to see.
The Rams have benefited from new additions at wide receiver including Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp. In the 24 regular season match ups between them, the Cowboys slightly hold the edge with 13 wins compares to 11 victories for the Rams.
They are 2-2 and it has a lot of do with arrogance and a denial of issues that have plagued this team since the start of the season.
"I didn't sense a guy that was wanting to put any blame on anybody other than take the accountability himself and just look at it as I'm challenged in the right way to respond and return in Year 2", McVay said. Signal-caller Dak Prescott has developed in the pre-snap phase of the game and remains physically gifted as both a passer and runner. Last week they surrendered 84 yards and two touchdowns to Carlos Hyde and the week before, every Redskins running back that touched the ball gained about six yards a pop. The Cowboys were the first to kneel as a team prior to the singing of the anthem Monday night, but stand arm-in-arm during it. Defensively, the Cowboys are yielding 20.7 points and 315.0 total yards (227.7 in passing and 87.3 in rushing) per game.
Demarcus Lawrence, who was off to a historic start to the season, recorded Dallas' only sack of the afternoon.
For the Rams to keep pace, Goff must continue to play largely mistake free while not settling for dump-off passes too often. Dallas got another shot after a defensive holding call. The 49ers suffered a two-point loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but they remain winless after three games and will try to post their first win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday (1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV).
Dallas then had a stellar 81-yard drive, but the Rams had a chance to stop it.
Defensively, the Rams need Aaron Donald to take over the trenches. Quarterback Carson Palmer has been erratic at times this season, but offensive line struggled and he was under constant duress against the Cowboys. According to a Sunday morning report from Todd Archer of ESPN, the Cowboys will be without starting middle linebacker Sean Lee against the Rams.