Jori Epstein U.S.A. TODAY
Published 2:11 AM EDT Sep 14, 2020
INGLEWOOD, Calif.– The Cowboys faced fourth-and-3 at the Rams’ 11, trailing Los Angeles by 3 with less than 12 minutes to play in the season opener.Head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive organizer Kellen Moore decided not to kick the field goal.They decided not to turn over running back Ezekiel Elliott– who had currently muscled for 89 lawns and a goal on 20 carries, plus another 29 getting backyards and score– with the conversion.They chose not to bet with a quarterback keeper from Dak Prescott, who ‘d hurried for 18 lawns on 2 brings consisting of a 12-yard run in the end zone.CeeDee Lamb’s catch was a lawn short.The Cowboys stopped working to muster more points, ultimately falling short 20-17 in McCarthy’s very first
game as coach.The first ever win at SoFi Arena wasn’t predestined to come easily. Neither group ever led by more than a belongings. The Rams flashed early but lost the lead prior to half. Each group missed out on a first-half basket, Rams novice Samuel Sloman from 29 lawns and Cowboys kicker (and former Ram) Greg Zuerlein from 53. Rams quarterback Jared Goff sliced through Dallas ‘defense for much of the day however fell prey to the rage of reinstated-from-suspension Aldon Smith as the game elapsed.The Cowboys defense, even when it limited the Rams’production sometimes, struggled strongly to get Los Angeles off the field. The Rams eventually controlled the time-of-possession fight by more than 11 minutes.
Rams running back Malcolm Brown collected 79 backyards and two goals, while Goff finished 20 of 31 passes for 275 backyards with an interception. The Cowboys tracked 380 lawns of offense however couldn’t sustain drives long enough to capitalize.Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who spent the summer season hammering his pass catching on Prescott’s backyard football field, scored Dallas’first goal off a pass in the flat. Elliott caught the ball at the 19, experiencing four Rams protectors on the ideal sideline at the 7-yard line. No matter. Elliott juked all 4 for a quick change of direction left and barreled into the end zone.Before half, he charged up the middle for a 2nd score.The Cowboys defense struggled to deal with, particularly on screens, however enhanced slightly towards completion of the game when Smith advised the league why he returned after 1,764 days in between video games. Smith mauled Goff to set up a Chidobe Awuzie interception and tape-recorded a drive-killing sack to give his offense an opportunity at 2-minute drive heroics.The Cowboys could not convert.Mike McCarthy’s first win in Dallas will wait.Follow Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein. Published 2:11 AM EDT Sep 14, 2020