Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Michael Gallup called for bad pass interference to cost Cowboys

Michael Gallup called for bad pass interference to cost Cowboys

Vander Esch should be back this season, but it's a huge blow for the Cowboys and injury to the insult of a season-opening 20-17 defeat against the Rams. He's the first Cowboys player with a rushing and receiving TD in an opener.

"To be at this stadium for the first time and break it in with a win, that's what you work for, that's what you practice for", said Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had the first sack in stadium history. Communication for the first time out there as a staff you know being proactive with the adjustments. He made some plays with his feet. "I thought I guys did a great job bringing their own energy".

"I mean, I love the aggressiveness", Prescott said.

The biggest thing that bogged down the offense was the unit's inability to convert on third down. The Cowboys turned the ball over on downs with six seconds remaining. That 14.3% completion rate on 3rd down was the worst in any game of Prescott's career with a minimum of five attempts. "We ended up coming up short, and that's just one of those plays in the game where you've got to convert".

Ezekiel Elliott scored both Dallas touchdowns and finished with 96 yards rushing and 31 receiving. "It has got to be mandatory that when we get in the red zone we score touchdowns".

"My teammates were telling me that they didn't want me to do it by myself, alone, because we're a team", Poe said.

Not that he needed a new way to show off his trademark celebration - something he frequently whips out after touchdowns or first downs - but Elliott's got it.

"I realize it was a three-point game, but there was time left but we were playing well", McCarthy said. However, the former first-round pick missed seven games past year with the aforementioned injury. The Cowboys were among the best in both categories last season. Prescott was the quarterback in 2016 and 2018 so he knows how to rally from a slow start.

After calling a conservative play on third down, McCarthy curiously went for it on fourth and 3 from the Los Angeles 11 with about 12 minutes to play. "We didn't execute. We didn't execute to the standards that we have for ourselves". We had a couple costly penalties, that we have to be able to avoid moving forward, but overall, I liked the way we came out. "But I had told them my mind was already made up and I felt this way. Like I said, we'll never be satisfied with this result". That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett's process Cowboys.

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