Cowboys Defeated By Rams
The Dallas Cowboys have started their 2020 season with a defeat to the LA Rams at Sofi Stadium and it was not without its controversy.
LA got the ball first and they made a true statement. Going 70 yards in 7 plays before Malcom Brown rushed for 1 yard into the end zone to put the Rams up by 7. Dallas was forced to punt on their opening possession, and they did not see the ball for another 9 minutes. Jared Goff took his side on a 17 play drive that took 9 minutes off the clock only to have the Cowboys defence stop them and forcing LA to settle for a field goal, which was missed and it was a bullet dodged.
Dak and the offence got rolling late in the first quarter, going 95 yards in just 8 plays before Prescott found Zeke with a nice lofted ball and the back forced his way into the endzone from 19 yards out. The Rams added two field goals to their tally either side of a Dallas missed field goal to give Prescott the ball back with just under two minutes left in the half to get something going. It was the best drive of the game, marching his side down the field, going 83 yards in 9 plays in just 1.39 to give Dallas an undeserved lead of 14-13 going into half time.
Dallas got the ball to start the second half and were forced to punt and on the next possession the Rams took the lead back. 90 yards in 11 plays with Malcom Brown yet again finding the endzone to take his rushing TD tally to two. The Cowboys got their first interception of the year when Aldon Smith pressured Goff and forced him to get the ball out quickly and Chidobe Awuzie picked off the pass. Prescott did not take full advantage and had to settle for a field goal to edge Dallas closer at 17-20
Cowboys Defeated By Rams
Then came some of the controversial calls in the game. Mike McCarthy went for it on fourth down when already in field goal range with a chance to tie the game early in the last quarter. Prescott found rookie Ceedee Lamb who was stopped short of the marker and LA took over on downs. Dallas got the ball back with just over 2 minutes remaining, to try and get into field goal range to tie the game. Prescott had his side marching down the field before he took a chance.
It was 3rd and 10 from their own 34 yard line and Prescott looked to have found Michael Gallup with a gorgeous pass deep left which the receiver reeled in and it would have had Prescott set up inside the LA Rams 15 yard line with 15 seconds to play. However, a very questionable call saw Gallup flagged for pass interference and the play cancelled out. Now for me that call was incredibly harsh. By the letter of the law Gallup’s arm was outstretched but Jalen Ramsey certainly made sure the referee’s saw it. That made it a 3rd and 20 and Prescott could not get it done and his Cowboys fell to their first defeat of the season as they eventually turned the ball over on downs.
Overall, the Rams had more passing and rushing yards, they converted 52% on third down compared to Dallas at 25% and the Rams had the ball for 11 more minutes. Dak finished the game completing 25 of his 39 passes for 266 yards and a TD, Zeke showed he was close to being back to his best. Rushing for 96 yards, going at 4.4 yards a carry as well as a rushing and passing TD to cap an impressive game from the back. Amari Cooper had 81 yards on his 10 catches, Gallup amassed 50 yards on just 3 catches and Ceedee Lamb had 59 yards on his 5 catches in his NFL debut. Jared Goff finished with 275 yards and a interception, back Malcom Brown had 79 rushing yards and 2 TD’s and Robert Woods collected 105 yards on his 6 catches to lead the Rams receiving core in his sides win.
Cowboys Defeated By Rams
Since the start of 2019, Prescott and the Cowboys are now 1-7 in one score games so when the game is on the line, they come up short often. Dallas had their moments in the game, I liked the 4th down call even though it was not converted and I do not think I am alone when saying that the PI call on Gallup was harsh to say the least, had it stood it might have been a different ending but that’s football. Aldon Smith showed flashes throughout the game in his Dallas debut but overall, it would have been harsh on LA had they not won this game.
To make matters worse, injuries to Leighton Vander Esch (fractured his collarbone) is out for an extended period, but the Cowboys are confident he will be back at some point this year. Tight end Black Jarwin appeared to injure his ACL and swing tackle Cam Erving sustained a serious knee injury as well but scans during the week will reveal the full extent of the injuries. It was a dirty night for the Cowboys and it will be back to the drawing board for Mike McCarthy this week before they welcome Atlanta to Jerry World in week 2 to look to get on the winners list for the first time in 2020.