Offensive pass interference call late in Cowboys-Rams game irks National Football League fans

Ross Houston
September 16, 2020

Coach Mike McCarthy has a number of reasons why the Dallas Cowboys came up short in the 20-17 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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

The game also was one of the many National Football League clashes played Sunday without fans in attendance as a coronavirus pandemic safety precaution. Los Angeles opened each half with a touchdown drive, but otherwise never reached the end zone. "I feel like I may live forever, know what I'm saying?" I think that is pretty basic analysis, and it ensures we coldly look at a body of work without deluding ourselves about how a bad call from a referee, a bad decision by a coach or a bad break with an injury or a tipped pass can be blamed for everything. "What a cool thing to be able to get a win for Mr. Kroenke tonight, (but) I think I'll remember the silence".

"They're going to call it like they want to call it", Gallup said.

Cowboys fans still are clamoring for Earl Thomas, perhaps even louder than they were since their team failed to rally against the Rams. "It wasn't the only play that decided the game, but obviously the guy made a great play".

"Week 1 is always a little bit rougher, knocking the rust off", Ramsey said.

The failure was more about execution and rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb running his route to shallow. It was a momentum opportunity to create a position for the offense to score.

Akers, a second-round draft pick, started the game, but it was Brown, a sixth-year pro, who got the most carries.

Rookie kicker Samuel Sloman put his first career field goal attempt off the left upright from 29 yards out, but he recovered to hit two field goals for the Rams.

The Rams' balanced, productive offensive game was encouraging for a unit that struggled regularly in the second half of last season, endangering McVay's reputation as an offensive savant.

Cowboys: Host the Atlanta Falcons in their home opener on Sunday.

Van Jefferson's first career reception was a attractive 31-yard grab in the second quarter, but it was the promising Rams rookie's only catch.

Rams: Visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday to begin four road games in five weeks.

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