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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass under pressure fro Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45) in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

QBs, offenses take spotlight as Cowboys visit Seahawks

Sep. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson has made a career of coming through late in games, to the tune of 32 fourth-quarter and overtime comebacks with Seattle. Dak Prescott is trying to catch up, although few will match the outrageous comeback Prescott led a week ago that helped Dallas avoid an 0-2 start to the...

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy bumps fists with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis )

McCarthy loses 1st game with Cowboys, but might have won QB

Sep. 14, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

Mike McCarthy lost his debut as coach of the Dallas Cowboys in part because of a curious fourth-down decision that didn't work. He might have won a quarterback with the move. Dak Prescott's pass to rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb covered 2 yards on fourth-and-3 when a short field goal could have pulled Dallas even in...

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Rams open SoFi Stadium in style with 20-17 win over Cowboys

Sep. 14, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams ran through their tunnel and into empty SoFi Stadium for the very first time amid sparkling fireworks, flashing lights and the prerecorded cheers of fans watching from home. So this isn't the Hollywood ending that anybody pictured on a landmark night for...

McCarthy era begins with Cowboys still seeking playoff run

Sep. 8, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8) New Faces: Coach Mike McCarthy, backup QB Andy Dalton, WR CeeDee Lamb, DE Everson Griffen, DE Aldon Smith, DT Dontari Poe, S Trevon Diggs, K Greg Zuerlein, C Tyler Biadasz. Key Losses: DT Gerald McCoy (newcomer released after season-ending leg injury in training camp), TE Jason Witten, C...

Dallas Cowboys line back Sean Lee (50) pats the helmet of fellow line backer Justin March (59) after March delivered a defensive stop against the offense during an NFL training camp practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

AP source: Cowboys' Collins, Lee headed to IR, should return

Sep. 5, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Right tackle La'el Collins and linebacker Sean Lee will start the season on injured reserve for the Dallas Cowboys with a chance to return after three weeks, a person with knowledge of the decision said Saturday. Collins and Lee missed almost all of training camp with injuries...

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spreads his arms while taking a break with his team during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

McCarthy embraces title talk in disrupted debut with Cowboys

Aug. 27, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy never budged when asked about the pandemic disrupting his first offseason as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, preferring to emphasize challenges around the world over the difficulties of trying to implement his program. The former Green Bay coach was even more direct when...