Sean Lee didn't practice again, questionable for Sunday

Frederick Owens
October 2, 2017

If you're tuning in for the Rams' Week 4 contest against the Dallas Cowboys, you'll probably notice that something is ... off.

The two teams traded field goals on each of their respective opening drives to begin the game, before Dallas used a 15-play drive to score its first touchdown early in the second quarter.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) is stopped by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, rear, and safety Jeff Heath (38) after Gurley lept over Heath on a carry in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas.

A few plays later, quarterback Dak Prescott hit Elliott with a swing pass to the offense's left. Especially considering they ran a three down-linemen, six defensive back set for the majority of the game against Arizona and it worked beautifully to stop the pass attack.

Down 10-3, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper brought the Rams into scoring territory with a 66-yard kickoff return to the Dallas 35.

Lee has had a history of injuries that have limited his overall career, but he has been able to stay relatively healthy the past two seasons.

Other parts of the offense have undergone a rebirth as well. The 1-yard plunge came after a review overturned a touchdown. Goff had career-best 145.8 passer rating against 49ers with 292 yards, three TDs. For so many years, the Rams were stuck as a 7-9 or 8-8 team under Fisher.

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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.

Rams running back Todd Gurley is tied with Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt for most touchdowns with six. Gurley has 241 yards rushing to 192 for Elliott. If he can win the majority of his matchups with guard Chaz Green - perhaps the only weak spot on an otherwise stellar offensive line - LA can speed up Prescott's internal clock and get him off rhythm.

Los Angeles is now an offensive juggernaut and leads the league in points scored with 107. Down by a pair, Dallas elected to go for a two-point conversion.

Prescott has completed 62.6 percent of his passes with 67 completions for 689 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. They rank 22nd in total defense, 28th against the run, and are giving up 25 points per game. Dallas' Dez Bryant also has two TDs, but just 114 yards on 11 catches.

Don't let the 30 points on offense fool you or the obvious problems on a defense minus linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) against a Rams team that is the league's new rising star with a 3-1 mark.

Though giving up 42 points to Denver in Week 1 wasn't pretty, the Dallas defense has taking meaningful steps since past year. That simply isn't good enough and there's little hope for the Bears to get a result when they give the ball away so consistently for free.

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