A season-opening loss wasn’t the one setback the Dallas Cowboys suffered on Sunday Night Football. The staff additionally misplaced three starters to main accidents in the course of the 20-17 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.
Tight finish Blake Jarwin, proper sort out Cam Erving, and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch every went down with accidents in the primary half Sunday on the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Vander Esch broke his collarbone. Erving and Jarwin acquired knee accidents.
“It was a tough loss,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy instructed reporters. “It’s not the way we wanted to start, but the guys battled. It was a lot of little things that we have to improve on.”
The sport additionally was one of many NFL clashes performed Sunday without followers in attendance as a coronavirus pandemic security precaution.
“It’s definitely a little bit different with no fans,” Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey stated. “You have to create your personal power however that is one thing we pleasure ourselves on doing anyway.
“That’s one thing I pleasure myself personally on doing is bringing lots of power, coronary heart and keenness for the sport and take a look at to be contagious and the most effective for my teammates. I really feel like we did that for probably the most half. There are ups and downs, ebbs, and flows of the sport that we had to overcome and I really feel like we did the job.”
The Cowboys appeared to have put themselves in place for a game-tying subject purpose with 21 seconds remaining, however, extensive receiver Michael Gallup was referred to as for offensive cross-interference after he made a protracted catch on the play.
“I assumed our offense slowed up in the second half, however, the protection picked up the slack,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “That’s what staff soccer is all about. We had a pair of pricey penalties, that we now have to have the opportunity to keep away from shifting ahead, however general, I appreciated the best way we got here out.
“I like the way the defense settled in the game.”
Los Angeles bought off to an incredible begin when working again Malcolm Brown scored a one-yard dashing landing on the sport’s opening drive. The Cowboys responded with a punt earlier than the Rams missed a subject purpose on their subsequent drive.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott then related with working again Ezekiel Elliott with a 19-yard landing cross to tie the rating 2:27 into the second quarter.
Rams kicker Sam Sloman hit a 35-yard subject purpose on the following drive for a 10-7 lead. Sloman added one other subject purpose two minutes earlier than halftime. The Cowboys responded with a nine-play, 83-yard scoring drive. Elliott capped off the drive with a one-yard landing run to give Dallas a 14-13 lead at halftime.
The Cowboys punted on their first drive of the second half. Los Angeles then used an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive to take a 20-14 lead.
Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein then related on a 33-yard subject purpose with 1:54 remaining in the quarter to lower the Rams lead to three factors, however, Dallas could not rally in the scoreless fourth quarter.
Brown totaled 110 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 21 touches for the Rams. Rams quarterback Jared Goff accomplished 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and an interception. Robert Woods had six catches for a game-high 105 yards in the win. Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, and Michael Brockers every had sacks for the Rams.
Prescott accomplished 25 of 39 passes for 266 yards and a landing in the loss. Elliott had 96 dashing yards and a rating on 22 carries. He additionally had three catches for 31 yards and a rating in the loss.
“I judge myself off of wins,” Prescott stated. “It was a loss and not a performance I’m proud of.”
The Cowboys subsequently host the Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Rams face the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.