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A pair of teams in the midst of change will take the field Sunday night amid the backdrop of a new $5 billion stadium as the Los Angeles Rams play host to the Dallas Cowboys at Inglewood, Calif.

 

The Cowboys will usher in the head coaching era of Mike McCarthy, who takes over after Jason Garrett was fired. There will be no settling into the job, even after the Cowboys' 8-8 season last year, since Dallas is considered one of the better teams in the NFC.

 

The Rams are in the midst of some coaching changes as well following a 9-7 season that saw them miss the playoffs following a Super Bowl run.

 

Head coach Sean McVay will have some new personnel to work with as Brandon Staley takes over at defensive coordinator from Wade Phillips, Kevin O'Connell takes over at offensive coordinator and John Bonamego is the replacement for John Fassel as special teams coordinator.

 

On the field, Dak Prescott remains the Cowboys' quarterback, with the exclusive franchise tag after negotiations for a long-term deal were unsuccessful, while Jared Goff remains under center in Los Angeles.

 

Prescott, 27, continues to move forward after passing for 4,902 yards last season and 30 touchdowns, both career bests. He also has Ezekiel Elliott at running back and three big-play wide receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb.

 

McCarthy said he will put an emphasis on the early portion of the schedule, which includes a number of winnable home games through October against teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

 

"I think a number of teams lose games early in the season as opposed to getting beat," McCarthy said. "We need to focus on the things we have accomplished in training camp. Our expectation is to keep the focus tight, win today and prepare to win in Los Angeles Sunday night."

 

Goff, 25, appeared to regress last season with 4,638 yards passing, 22 TDs and a career-high 16 interceptions. He tied for the league lead in passing attempts, but his yards were 50 less than in 2018 and he had 10 less TDs.

 

"Of course you always want to get better from the year before -- and statistically speaking it wasn't my best year," Goff said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "And I do want to play better. I do want to be more efficient. I do want to get the ball to receivers a little bit better, and I expect to, and expect to stay on an upward trajectory."

 

The Rams' offense took a hit in 2019 from the limited use of running back Todd Gurley and the less aggressive running style he displayed when he did get chances. He was released in the offseason. There were also injuries to a rebuilt offensive line.

 

The Rams will debut a rotating mix of three running backs: Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, and rookie Cam Akers.

 

Both teams are relatively healthy. Henderson (hamstring) was a full participant in Rams practice Wednesday. Cooper (hamstring) was a full participant for the Cowboys, as was cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (knee), while linebacker Luke Gifford (hamstring) was limited and cornerback Jourdan Lewis (ankle) was out.

 

Also to debut Sunday night is SoFi Stadium, one of two new NFL venues on the West Coast, along with the new stadium built just off the Las Vegas Strip for the Raiders.

 

"Never seen anything like it," McVay told reporters.

 

The Rams will open the season with no fans in the stands for home games as a precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Rams

Player Position Lineup
Chidobe Awuzie primary: Cornerback Starter
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trysten Hill primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Blake Jarwin primary: Tight End Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Joe Looney primary: Center Starter
Zack Martin primary: Right Guard Starter
Dak Prescott primary: Quarterback Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Tyron Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Leighton Vander Esch primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Starter
Anthony Brown primary: Cornerback Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
Dontari Poe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Terence Steele primary: Right Tackle Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Punter Substitution
Brandon Knight primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Substitution
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Substitution
Daryl Worley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Cameron Erving primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joe Thomas primary: Linebacker Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Not active
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Not active
Connor McGovern primary: Guard Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Safety Not active
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Not active
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Did not play
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Not active
Brandon Carr primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Austin Blythe primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Michael Brockers primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Austin Corbett primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Aaron Donald primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Samson Ebukam primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Gerald Everett primary: Tight End Starter
Jared Goff primary: Quarterback Starter
Rob Havenstein primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Tyler Higbee primary: Tight End Starter
Troy Hill primary: Cornerback Starter
John Johnson III primary: Safety Starter
Sebastian Joseph-Day primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Micah Kiser primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Joe Noteboom primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Jalen Ramsey primary: Cornerback Starter
Josh Reynolds primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darious Williams primary: Cornerback Starter
Robert Woods primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Andrew Whitworth primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Cam Akers primary: Runningback Starter
Leonard Floyd primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Fuller primary: Safety Starter
Malcolm Brown primary: Runningback Substitution
David Edwards primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Bobby Evans primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Greg Gaines primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Johnny Hekker primary: Punter Substitution
Darrell Henderson Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Cooper Kupp primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jake McQuaide primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Johnny Mundt primary: Tight End Substitution
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Taylor Rapp primary: Safety Substitution
Troy Reeder primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nick Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Nsimba Webster primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Kenny Young primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jachai Polite primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Marquise Copeland primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Van Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Terrell Burgess primary: Safety Substitution
Samuel Sloman primary: Kicker Substitution
Xavier Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
Morgan Fox primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Justin Hollins primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brian Allen primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Coleman Shelton primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
John Wolford primary: Quarterback Did not play
Brycen Hopkins primary: Tight End Not active
Tremayne Anchrum Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Eric Banks primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Trishton Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Raymond Calais primary: Runningback Not active

Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Rams

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Malcolm Brown
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Ezekiel Elliott
    • Passer: Dak Prescott
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Malcolm Brown
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Green Bay L 18 - 32
  • @Seattle W 30 - 20
  • Arizona W 7 - 18
  • @Seattle L 9 - 20
  • N.Y. Jets L 23 - 20
  • New England W 3 - 24
  • @Arizona W 38 - 28
  • San Francisco L 23 - 20
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • Seattle W 16 - 23

Last Meetings

  • Cowboys @ Rams 17-20
  • Rams @ Cowboys 21-44
  • Cowboys @ Rams 14-10
  • Cowboys @ Rams 22-30
  • Rams @ Cowboys 35-30
  • Cowboys @ Rams 10-13
  • Cowboys @ Rams 24-28
  • Cowboys @ Rams 34-31
  • Rams @ Cowboys 7-31
  • Rams @ Cowboys 19-20

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Rams

  • John Wolford

    Stinger
    Out Sat | out

    Wolford is bothered by a stinger, and he will not be available for the NFC divisional round versus the Packers.

  • Nsimba Webster

    Hamstring
    Prob Sat | probable

    Webster is bothered by a hamstring injury, but it is likely that he will line up for the NFC divisional round against the Packers.

  • Andrew Whitworth

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Whitworth is tending to a knee issue, but it is anticipated that he will face the Packers in the NFC divisional round.

  • Terrell Lewis

    Ankle
    Out Sat | out

    Lewis is hampered by an ankle injury, and he will not line up for the NFC divisional round against the Packers.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

Malcolm Brown rushed for two touchdowns and Jared Goff passed for 275 yards as the Los Angeles Rams opened their new $5 billion SoFi Stadium Sunday night with a 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Inglewood, Calif.

Brown finished with 79 yards on the ground, as the team's three-headed rushing attack of Brown, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr., gained a combined 124 yards. Los Angeles wide receiver Robert Woods caught six passes for 105 yards and another 14 on a carry of his own.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 25 of 39 for 266 yards and one touchdown, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 96 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

The Cowboys (0-1) had one last drive starting with 2:35 remaining, but an offensive pass interference call on Michael Gallup negated a gain that would have put Dallas in field-goal position and created a third-and-20 from the Dallas 24. The Cowboys turned the ball over on downs with six seconds remaining.

The Rams' secondary made two key plays in the fourth quarter. Instead of trying for a game-tying field goal from inside of 30 yards early in the quarter, the Cowboys went for it on fourth down, but Los Angeles safety Jordan Fuller stopped Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb one yard short at 9-yard line.

On the Cowboys' next possession, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who agreed to a five-year, $105-million deal Wednesday, prevented a third-down completion to Amari Cooper with just over five minutes remaining, and the Cowboys were forced to punt.

The Rams' offense got off to a fast start to the season, going 75 yards in seven plays on its first possession with Brown scoring on a 1-yard plunge up the middle. The Rams (1-0) moved the ball again on their second drive, which ended when rookie kicker Sam Sloman missed a 29-yard field goal.

The Cowboys took advantage, driving the ball 80 yards in eight plays to tie the score 7-7 early in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Prescott to Elliott.

The Rams' offense was on the move again in the second quarter, but could not find the end zone. Los Angeles took a 13-7 lead on Sloman field goals of 35 and 31 yards.

The Cowboys took their first lead of the game 14-13 by using their two-minute offense to score a touchdown on a 1-yard run from Elliott with 17 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Rams were in control early, gaining 137 yards in the first quarter to 23 for the Cowboys. Los Angeles even had a heavy advantage in time of possession in the first half at 19:35-10:25, yet still trailed at the break.

The Rams gained 422 yards of total offense in the game to 380 for the Cowboys.

--Field Level Media