Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview
Where: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
When: Sunday, October 1, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Los Angeles Rams (2-1)
If you told me the Los Angeles Rams would be one of the most talked about teams in football three weeks in, I would’ve just walked away. “Hey everyone, this guy’s crazy! He thinks the Rams are gonna be hot! What a nut job!” Yet, here we are.
The Los Angeles Rams are one of the best teams in football and their NFC West leading 2-1 record is the case and point. Sure, their division is traditionally a little weak outside of Seattle and sometimes Arizona, but this is unprecedented. The reason people are talking is because they lit up screens everywhere last Thursday in San Francisco, came off a close nail biter with Washington and absolutely dominated the Colts in week 1 – they’ve earned the hype.
To win this game, that defense that always goes higher than you think it should in your fantasy draft will have to be on it again. If the Rams’ 12th best passing defense shows it’s teeth, Dak could be in trouble. The achilles heel for LA, though, is their run defense has been horrible thus far. They’re 29th in the league and last week surrendered 113 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for San Fran.
We all believe now in Cooper Krupp, Sammy Watkings, Jared Goff and of course Todd Gurley, but that defense has a mind of it’s own. It’s been a little schizophrenic to start the year, but if they can learn to build up the middle and contain Ezekiel Elliott, they’ll at least have a shot. If Elliott finds room though, they’re toast!
Betting on the Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
The Dallas Cowboys returned to their familiar form on Monday Night Football. Dak Prescott was running for touchdowns, Dez Bryant found the end zone and Ezekiel Elliott wore a full length shirt. They looked like the team to beat in the NFC, which is who the world thought they’d be. They’ll need a repeat performance this week against a pretty solid up and coming opponent.
The Rams have shown that their ground game is solid with Todd Gurley tied for the league lead with four touchdowns. We know he’ll give them a run for his money, but it’s the air attack that could really hurt the Cowboys. It’s well expected that a run first offense will resort to what they know best, but if the Rams can catch dem Cowboys napping through the air, they could take over.
Through three week’s Dallas’ defense has the second-most sacks in the league with 11, but also has 18th worst Net Passing Yards Per Game rank surrendering 228. They’ll need their corners and safeties to step up just as much as the linebackers and d-line. If they can do that, they can win this game. If they can’t, get ready for repeat of week 2.
The Los Angeles Rams (+7) lose a close one 31-28
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