BOX; DALLAS (1-2) at ST. LOUIS (0-3)


OPENING LINE -- Rams by 13.

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Cowboys 1-2; Rams 0-3.

SERIES RECORD -- Rams lead 13-12.

LAST MEETING -- Rams beat Cowboys 27-23 on Nov. 15, 1992, at Dallas.


LAST WEEK -- Rams lost to Buccaneers 26-14; Cowboys lost to Eagles 44-13.

KEY MATCHUP -- Cowboys DE Greg Ellis vs. Rams QB Kurt Warner. Warner, the 2001 MVP, tops all NFL QBs in one statistical category -- interceptions thrown -- with seven. Ellis is second in the NFL with 4 1/2 sacks. The Rams have allowed nine sacks in three games, and will have to give Warner more time to throw, especially if RB Marshall Faulk misses the game with a neck injury.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith has 16,365 yards rushing, second on NFL career list. Needs 362 yards to surpass Walter Payton as all-time leading rusher. Smith had career-high 117 yards receiving (4 catches) vs. Rams in 1990. ... Warner is NFL's career leader with 100.2 QB rating. ... Rams DE Grant Wistrom has four sacks in past four games. Cowboys QB Quincy Carter has been sacked eight times in three games this year.

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