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

The playing field at SoFi Stadium the future home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers football teams is shown Friday Sept. 4 2020 in Inglewood Calif

Vander Esch suffers broken collarbone; headed to IR

The Cowboys will look to avenge Sunday night's loss vs. the Falcons in Week 2.

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

"I was surprised there was a call either way", he said.

"It was a mesh pattern type concept with criss-crosses, and you've got to give them credit", McCarthy added.

Jason Garrett's name was trending late Sunday night on Twitter.

McCarthy defended the decision as well as the play call from offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. "We've got to keep playing through". "I think we had a chance of getting a first down", said running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had 127 total yards and two touchdowns. In reality, his play was anything but as he simply dominated the Cowboys' offensive line from start to finish, putting constant pressure on Dak Prescott and generally destroying any of Dallas' carefully-laid plans.

Exhibit B comes in the form of Donald taking down almost half of the Cowboys' line before knocking down Prescott. Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and an interception.

Dallas' defense allowed 422 yards, but linebacker Aldon Smith got a sack in his first game since November 2015.

Akers, a second-round draft pick, started the game, but it was Brown, a sixth-year pro, who got the most carries. However, the former first-round pick missed seven games a year ago with the aforementioned injury. Against the Rams, Dallas converted just three of 12 third downs while LA was 9 of 15.

Injured early in the first half of the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, Vander Esch suffered a broken collarbone and is headed to injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. T Cameron Erving had his left knee crunched while blocking on the 53-yard field goal that Greg Zuerlein missed. But more importantly, he said there was still plenty of time left and that he was trying to create more momentum as well as give his players confidence.

Vander Esch racked up 72 tackles, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble across nine games last season. Poe's decision was notable because of how outspoken owner Jerry Jones has been to such gestures during "The Star-Spangled Banner". "They made a hell of a play on the throw and catch, and it was short". And if they didn't, don't do it.

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