Cowboys vs. Rams: Score, Stats & Highlights From Preseason Game

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

There are many players on the current preseason roster of the Dallas Cowboys who could battle their way onto the roster, but there are a handful entering the second preseason game for the franchise who many should just watch a little closer.

LOS ANGELES - As the Dallas Cowboys prepare for life without Ezekiel Elliott for six games, they still have confidence in what they can be offensively, especially in the running game.

Regardless, for those die-hard Cowboys fans and committed draftniks, this game was chalk full of intriguing matchups, positional battles and standout individual plays. The Cowboys got the better of Cardinals' second- and third-stringers, 20-18, though the club's starters should get one series or two on the field in Los Angeles.

The score came after Los Angeles opened the game with a three-and-out, only to recover a botched punt return by Cowboys rookie Lance Lenoir to keep the drive alive. He was almost ideal, completing 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. "I feel like I definitely can get back to that status".

"We talked to the team about the situation and the importance of focusing on what we can control", Dallas coach Jason Garrett said of Elliott's troubles. "We're excited for those guys to get some touches, and I think they'll be ready for the load".

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Last season, Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record as Dallas captured the top seed in the NFC before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

If Ezekiel Elliot doesn't stay out of trouble, there's a chance he could be banished for life from the NFL.

He passed for 435 yards and three touchdowns in the final game of 2015 against the Redskins - his last before an injury kept him out for all of 2016. His presence changes the dynamics of an offense because a defense has to know where he is on every single play.

Five plays later, Rams quarterback Jared Goff found Robert Woods at the 5-yard line, but the wide receiver was immediately met by linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who jarred the ball loose. He had no touchdowns and didn't throw an interception. His passer rating of 63.6 would have been the NFL's worst if he played enough to qualify among the rest of the league's starters.

Goff went to work at the point, completing 3 of 4 passes for 34 yards, including a 19-yard strike to Kupp. As is typical in these preseason affairs, the two teams combined for 16 penalties for 131 yards.

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