The beauty of LA Rams ugly wins lies in the eye of the beholder

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The home opener against the Dallas Cowboys set the stage for the entire season. The oft-hyped Dallas Cowboys were a road favorite over the LA Rams. Just a year earlier, the Cowboys rushing attack demolished the Rams defense, leading to a blowout loss by the Rams by a score of 44-21.

In 2020, the Cowboys had an even more dangerous offense with the addition of rookie WR Cee Dee Lamb.  Of course, their running games remained intact, and  And the game seemed to follow the script when the Cowboys led by the score of 14-13 at halftime.

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Ugly win is beautiful

But the Rams found receiver Robert Woods for over 100 yards, and durable running back Malcolm Brown found the end zone twice in that one. This was the debut of the Rams new defense, and the full power was not felt until the second half when the Rams held a very dangerous Cowboys offense to just three points in the final two quarters.

Yes, Jared Goff did throw an interception. And the game was decided by only three points. But the game was a beautiful example of just how stout this defense could play. And the offense moved the ball well enough to win. Ugly win? Yes. But so beautiful to defeat the team that so many had anointed as a Super Bowl favorite this season. In the process, the Rams opened the season with a win, and showed the ability to stop a fierce Cowboys rushing attack.