Sun Aug 18 1:36am ET
By KALANI TAKASE
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver JoJo Natson (19) is congratulated by center Aaron Neary (72), offensive guard Jamil Demby (64), and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver JoJo Natson kneels after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Blake Bortles throws a pass during the first quarter of the team's preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, center, celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
HONOLULU (AP) Dak Prescott appears ready for the regular season, with or without Ezekiel Elliott.
The Dallas quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts in his only series of work as the Cowboys came away with a 14-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.
Prescott dropped back to pass seven times, completed passes to five different receivers, had one short completion negated by an ineligible lineman downfield penalty and was sacked once.
Prescott's only drive covered 97 yards in 12 plays, took more than six minutes and culminated with Tony Pollard's 14-yard touchdown run.
It marked the first Dallas touchdown in a preseason game since Aug. 18, 2018. Dallas was held to three field goals in last week's 17-9 loss at San Francisco to open the preseason.
With starting quarterback Jared Goff among the large number of Rams' starters that did not make the trip to Hawaii, Blake Bortles got the start and finished 7 of 11 for 62 yards. His 7-yard scoring pass to JoJo Natson capped Los Angeles' second drive - which was extended by a fumbled punt return by Dallas return man Reggie Davis and recovered by rookie Jake Gervase.
Los Angeles (0-2) took its only lead on Greg Zuerlein's 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Zuerlein attempted a 56-yard field goal just before halftime, but missed wide left.
Dallas (1-1) pulled back ahead late in the third quarter, when third-string quarterback Cooper Rush found Devin Smith for an 8-yard touchdown.
Pollard, who started in place of Elliott, finished with five rushes for 42 yards. Elliott, a two-time league rushing champion, missed his second preseason game while he continues his holdout. Alfred Morris, who signed with the team during training camp, saw his first action of the preseason and carried three times for 6 yards, all before halftime.
The teams met in the NFC Divisional round of last year's playoffs. The Rams won 30-22 en route to an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Veteran tight end Jason Witten made his preseason debut Saturday after coming out of retirement - and the broadcast booth - last year. Witten was targeted just once - on a third-down pass from Prescott - on the penultimate play of the first Dallas possession. Witten's 10-yard reception moved the chains and set up Pollard's 14-yard TD run for the game's first points.
''It felt really good. I was very anxious to get out there and play,'' said Witten, a 16-year veteran and 11-time Pro Bowler. ''It is just the next step in the comeback. I worked really hard to get back in shape.
''I hold myself to a high standard, so I can say it was not perfect. I got a little antsy early but had a big third-down conversion on an option route.''
Witten retired following the 2017-18 season and served as color commentator on ''Monday Night Football'' last year.
Cowboys second-year linebacker Chris Covington went down with an undisclosed injury while covering the opening kickoff. He was attended to by Dallas' training staff for a few minutes, but was able to walk off on his own.
Cowboys: Return home to face the Houston Texans on Saturday on Aug. 24.
Rams: Host Denver in their next-to-last preseason game on Aug. 24.
Five Hot Starts: Week 3
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Leon Jacobs (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 3 game and has been ruled out.
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Lockett has caught 15 of his 16 targets this season and has 159 yards in two games. He will continue to be a focal point in the passing game and should be at least a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Seattle Seahawks OT Duane Brown (foot, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (groin) and DE Rasheem Green (neck) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 24. DT Jarran Reed (back), LB Cody Barton (quadriceps), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral), TE Will Dissly (Achilles) and CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) were limited during practice. CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), TE Greg Olsen (heel) and CB Neiko Thorpe (hip) fully participated in practice.
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Carson has rushed for 93 yards in two games but has been a big factor in the passing game with three receiving touchdowns in two weeks. He will continue to receive plenty of touches and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Rams CB Darious Williams (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24. OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) and DT Aaron Donald (non-injury) fully participated in practice.
Chicago Bears DT John Jenkins (thumb) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Sept. 24.
Free-agent QB Blake Bortles (Rams) officially signed with the Denver Broncos Thursday, Sept. 24. The Broncos also signed practice squad S P.J. Locke to their active roster. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo has started off the season strong. Koo has made all six field-goal attempts and 4 of 5 extra-points, including four kicks from at least 40 yards out. The 26-year-old is currently tied for second in the NFL with 22 points and plays for a high-powered offense that has exceeded 25 points in both contests this season. Chicago may be a more stout defense than Atlanta has faced so far, but they still rank 23th in fantasy points allowed to kickers. Koo has a good chance of finishing as a top-12 option at the kicking position.
The Atlanta Falcons Defense should not be started in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. There's good news and bad news for the Falcons defense. The good news is, they've registered four sacks and three fumble recoveries in two games. The bad news is they've allowed the most points-scored and the second-most yards allowed to opposing offenses. That is not a recipe for success when choosing a fantasy defense. Leave Atlanta's defense on the waiver wire.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst gets a favorable matchup in Week 3 against the Bears. Though the defense has been good against the pass overall, they have struggled against tight ends so far, ranking 21st in the league in fantasy points allowed to the position. Hurst is coming off his best effort so far, an eight-target game that yielded five catches, 72 yards and a score. The former Raven should continue to improve within the offense with each game and his already-decent chemistry with Matt Ryan is a good sign. Fire up Hurst as a low-end TE1, with upside for more.
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Hopkins has been one of the best receivers during the first two weeks of the season and is a must-start option in all leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald may receive a few more targets this week if Christian Kirk is not able to play. He has posted decent numbers over the first two weeks but probably is only a flex option in deeper leagues.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage has been a pleasant surprise through two weeks of the 2020 season. Gage has taken the Mohamed Sanu role to new heights, as he ranks in the top-10 so far in targets and receptions. However, Week 3 brings a tougher matchup against the Bears, who have yet to allow 100 yards to any receiver this year. If Julio Jones (hamstring) doesn't play, Gage would see a slight boost in value, though he would also be going up against a more skilled defensive back, potentially lowering his efficiency. He is best looked at as a WR4, who could have the upside to finish as a WR3.
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest, ribs) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: It seems like Taylor will not be able to play in Week 3, so Justin Herbert is in line to receive his second career start. He had a terrific NFL debut last week and would have a favorable matchup this week. He should be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues but can be avoided in standard leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Henry has played well during the early part of the season and showed good chemistry with Justin Herbert last week. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been the number-one wideout in fantasy football through two weeks. Ridley is tied for the league-lead in receiving yards with 239, ranks sixth with 23 targets and has scored two touchdowns in consecutive games. Week 3 brings a matchup against the Bears, who have yet to allow a 100-yard receiver, though it should be noted they haven't played a passing offense with Atlanta's firepower. Ridley is on fire right now and very well could be the first 100-yard receiver against this unit. If teammate Julio Jones (hamstring) sits out, Ridley would see even more targets in Week 3. Either way, he should be in lineups as a WR1.
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (calf) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Miller was held off the stat sheet last week despite being targeted three times during the game. He should see a decent amount of targets this week and could be a flex option in some leagues.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson was not able to play last week despite being limited, so his status for this week is uncertain. He probably would see a handful of touches if he plays this week and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quadriceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Cooks is coming off a solid performance against one of the top defenses in the NFL last week and has been targeted 13 times over the last two games. He will be facing another tough defense this week but can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.