The Dallas Cowboys' starting defense has taken the field in three pre-season games and has yet to allow a touchdown. The Cowboys welcomed back three defensive starters tonight from injuries (DT Jay Ratliff, DT Jason Hatcher, OLB Anthony Spencer) and played for a second consecutive contest without OLB DeMarcus Ware, the team's top pass rusher.
Yet they kept the St. Louis Rams out of the end zone, following a trend set by first-team defenders against Oakland and San Diego earlier in the pre-season.
The Rams managed only 114 yards in the first half, when the Cowboys’ starting unit took the majority of the snaps. The Rams' scores during that stretch came on field goals of 55 and 52 yards. Dallas' first-team defense did not allow a point against either the Raiders (3-0 win) or Chargers (28-20 loss).
Dallas recorded two first-half sacks against the Rams, with Hatcher capping the first series of the game with an 8-yard sack against Bradford. Starting linebacker Sean Lee also had a first-half sack.
_ Jimmy Burch