Rams Insider: Rams run defense preps for Cowboys’ Murray

Rams Insider: Rams run defense preps for Cowboys’ Murray

Rams Insider: Rams run defense preps for Cowboys’ Murray

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by FootballStL staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

(FootballStL) -- October 23rd, 2011 is a day that the St. Louis Rams would love to forget. That was the afternoon that Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ran wild by rushing for a franchise record 253 yards to hand the Rams a 34-7 road loss. That performance by Murray also included a 91-yard touchdown run.

However, the Rams will face a Cowboys offense on Sunday that’s struggled to run the football. Last season, the Cowboys finished with the fewest rushing yards per game in team history. Murray missed six straight games in the middle of the season with a sprained left foot and the Cowboys finished the year with a team-worst 79.1 yards rushing per game.

Despite last week’s 31-24 loss to Atlanta, the Rams held the Falcons to just 36 yards rushing. That was the good news for the Rams defense. The bad news was that the Falcons passed for 357 yards through the air. The Rams will try to contain Murray on Sunday behind a defense that’s looking to rebound on the road. Linebackers James Laurinaitis, Will Witherspoon and Alec Ogletree will look to contain Murray, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Cowboys attack.

Meanwhile, the Rams will look for continued improvement from the rookie Ogletree.

We anticipated that he would improve each week, and he’s done that”, said Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “I still think he’s got a long way to go, but he’s been productive for us. You see improvement every week since really the first preseason game.”

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