The Week 1 edition of Sunday Night Football surely will not disappoint as the new-look Dallas Cowboys will head to Los Angeles, to take on Sean McVay and the Rams.
You’ve seen an inside look likely of the Rams’ training camp from HBO’s Hard Knocks program, and one thing you instantly notice is just how much continuity there is within the units. Sean McVay leads a solid crew of returning stars, and after a season that saw his talented group miss the playoffs, the Rams are surely hungry to start their season off on a winning note.
For the Cowboys, there has been a lot of change. Jason Garrett is finally out after a tenure that seemed to span far too long. Replacing him is former longtime Green Bay Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy. McCarthy comes in with a renewed focus on analytics and offensive play-calling, and his addition to Dallas should be a welcome addition to a franchise loaded with talent.
With all of the stars taking the field, it will certainly be an exciting primetime matchup to help open the Rams’ brand new field in SoFi Stadium. The fact that they’re doing battle with a highly talented side in Dallas, also in the NFC, should make this an important clash and certainly one with future implications. Let’s end off a busy Sunday slate with a win heading into Monday night. For more information, as well as our betting prediction read on beneath the odds!
Cowboys vs. Rams Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -2 (-105)
@ Los Angeles Rams +2 (-115)
Over 51 (-115)
Under 51 (-115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Cowboys vs. Rams Pick:
There is a ton of anticipation to see the Cowboys take the field on Sunday. After a strong draft in the spring, there is belief that this could be one of the more exciting offenses in the entire NFL. With Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb at wide receiver, Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, and Dak Prescott airing balls out – this Dallas squad is simply loaded at the skill positions.
With all this talent, it’s tough to imagine the Cowboys not moving the chains against teams with ease. That said, the Rams’ defense is no slouch, and Aaron Donald and Co. can certainly bring the heat to apply all kinds of pressure to Dak Prescott. Thankfully for the Cowboys, Prescott gets many ‘safety-net’ options in Blake Jarwin, and the aforementioned Elliot. The Rams have some skill, though Dallas will challenge them with their attack.
One area that could cause concern for the Cowboys in 2020 could be their defense. After losing Robert Quinn in free agency, Dallas also lost Gerald McCoy. They’re limited in their pass rush at the moment, and that has to be welcome news for Jared Goff – a QB who tends to operate well when dropping back with time and space.
Dallas also has been weakened within their secondary, in addition to at the lines of scrimmage. They’ve lost Byron Jones in free agency and should struggle to stop teams through the air. With L.A. featuring both Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, the Cowboys will certainly have their hands full to limit Goff in his passing attack.
With both teams having made big offensive upgrades, and questionable elements of their defenses – expect this Sunday night showdown to be a high-scoring affair. The Cowboys and Rams will both seek to drop back and pass regularly, and that should create high point totals and good offensive opportunities. At a posted total of 51, look for this one to sail over with ease.