THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Rams running over Dallas

Rams running back C.J. Anderson (35) runs the ball during the first half against the Cowboys in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Prolific offense fuels Los Angeles's 20-7 lead after two quarters.

The Rams scored on their first four possessions of this NFC Division Round playoff game, making it look like they could shred the Cowboys defense every chance they have.

As a result, Los Angeles leads, 20-7, at halftime.

The numbers aren’t pretty for the Dallas defense. The Rams piled up 291 yards of total offense, gained 20 first downs and rushed for 7.1 yards per carry on 24 attempts.

When L.A. running back Todd Gurley broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, most Cowboys fans probably got that “this is bad” feeling in their guts.

Somehow, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked by his own offensive lineman, ending the Cowboys’ final possession of the first half.

There’s more bad news as Prescott, outside of his 29 yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, completed just 7 of 12 passes for 58 yards. Prescott is missing receivers on a regular basis and he doesn’t seem to be making great decisions under pressure.

That’s the Prescott we saw during the Cowboys’ 3-5 start, not the one that Ezekiel Elliott said was playing like “a grown-ass man” after last week’s Wild Card win.

So the big questions for the second half: Can the Cowboys score early in the third quarter to change the momentum of the game? Can Dallas ever stop this Rams offense?

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