The Dallas Cowboys lose their second preseason game to the Los Angeles Rams in the City of Angels, 13-10, as their offense struggled most of the contest.
The Dallas Cowboys offense look anemic most of the night, leading to America’s Team losing their second preseason game, this time at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams, 13-10.
Cowboys starting quarterback Kellen Moore looked lost in the entire first half, completing just 8 of his 17 passes for 69 yards. Rookie quarterback Cooper Rush started the second half for Dallas and completed his first eight throws, including a 25-yard pass to tight end Rico Gathers for a touchdown. It marked the second straight game Gathers has recording a scoring reception.
Getting his first action with the Cowboys was long time back-up quarterback Luke McCown late in the game. But the 36-year old looked shaky in his Dallas debut. McCown went 6 for 13, throwing for just 31 yards. His poor play squandered the Cowboys final opportunity to win the content late in the fourth quarter. Obviously, McCown wasn’t surrounded by the best supporting cast and he has had very limited reps in training camp.
Running back Darren McFadden led the Cowboys in rushing with 28 yards on six carries. Gathers led Dallas in receiving with four catches for 47 yards and a score.
Defensively, all the talk was about first round rookie defensive end Taco Charlton, who recorded the first sack of his young NFL career. Also recording a sack for Dallas was defensive end Lenny Jones, who also had a standout night.
Rookie safety Xavier Woods led all Cowboys in tackles with a combined seven. And four different Dallas defenders each recorded a forced fumble in a defensive struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys will travel back to Arlington, Texas next Saturday to face the Indianapolis Colts in AT&T Stadium for their third preseason game. Typically, most of the starters will see time in this contest. And fans can also expect to see the Dallas debuts for linebacker Jaylon Smith and rookie receiver Ryan Switzer in this game.