McCarthy's call on 4th down scrutinized in Cowboys' debut

Vander Esch suffers broken collarbone; headed to IR

Having traveled the long road of recovery from a 2019 season-ending neck injury, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch found more bad fortune on Sunday night.

The game also was one of the many National Football League clashes played Sunday without fans in attendance as a coronavirus pandemic safety precaution. "It's not really a rookie mistake, but it's definitely a mistake from a rookie", he said. "That cost us the game".

Ezekiel Elliott scored both Dallas touchdowns and finished with 96 yards rushing and 31 receiving.

The Dallas Cowboys' late comeback attempt against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night during their first game of the season was thwarted by an offensive pass interference call.

"I was surprised there was a call either way", he said. "I feel like it's going to be a fun year, to be able to stay fresh as a running back group and being there and wear defenses down". The Cowboys responded with a punt before the Rams missed a field goal on their next drive. Sloman added another field goal two minutes before halftime.

The Cowboys played from behind nearly all of the first half because they couldn't defend the screen pass. He's the first Cowboys player with a rushing and receiving TD in an opener. "I think that was the point in the game that if we get that first down and punch it in the end zone, we're looking at a whole different ballgame".

Brown totaled 110 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 21 touches for the Rams. While Dallas got a handle on it as the game went on, the Rams still had too many shorter third downs due to their effective use of the screens. Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd and Michael Brockers each had sacks for the Rams.

Prescott, who was 25 of 39 for 266 yards and a touchdown, said the fact McCarthy was aggressive in Week 1 should give the unit confidence the remainder of the season in key situations despite not converting on Sunday.

"I judge myself off of wins", Prescott said.

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