Dallas Finds Positives In Loss To Rams

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Aug 3, 2017; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers (80) celebrates with wide receiver Andy Jones (81) and running back Darren McFadden (20) after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys fell to the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night, 10-13, in a game that featured a lot of sloppy play. The loss dropped the Cowboys to a 1-1 preseason record.

The football seemed to be flying out of everyone’s hands, as there were nine total fumbles. There was a possibility for double digit fumbles, but the 10th was ultimately ruled an incompletion.

The game didn’t only feature bad play however, in fact there were some positives to take away from tonight’s preseason loss.

Rico Gathers Continues To Impress

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Aug 3, 2017; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers (80) celebrates with quarterback Kellen Moore (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Gathers’ meteoric rise into the hearts of Cowboy fans everywhere continued after he and rookie Quarterback, Cooper Rush hooked up on a 25 yard pass that was executed to perfection in the third quarter.

Gathers led the Cowboys in receiving yards with 47 and picked up his second touchdown of the preseason.


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Rush Pushing For The Number Two Spot?

Cooper Rush turned in the best performance of the three quarterbacks who played tonight for the Cowboys, and that list includes back up QB, Kellen Moore.

Rush threw for 104 yards and a touchdown in only one quarter of play, while Moore and veteran Luke McCown combined for only 100 yards passing and no touchdowns on 19 more attempts.

It will be interesting moving forward if this becomes another position battle that the Cowboy coaching staff has to keep an eye on.

Taco’s Emergence

Jul 24, 2017; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Taco Charlton (97) during the opening day of training camp at River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

First round pick, Taco Charlton made his presence felt in his second preseason game with a sack on Ram’s quarterback Sean Mannion that pushed the offense back to their own one-yard-line and eventually forced a three-and-out.

Charlton has been facing criticism from fans and media in his first training camp for his slow start. Hopefully with his performance Saturday night, Charlton will silence some of his naysayers.

Final Thoughts

The positives taken from Saturday night should overshadow the loss that the Cowboys suffered. However, the starting left guard position is far from being filled after an abysmal performance by Byron Bell.

Kellen Moore’s back up position should no longer be considered guaranteed after the game that he and Cooper Rush played.

Finally, the running back group looked solid for the most part, Darren McFadden showed he can fill the role of starting RB if Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension were to be upheld by the NFL.

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