There’s always some drama going on around the Dallas Cowboys, and this year is no exception. But after last season’s 8-8 disappointment, which cost Jason Garrett his coaching job, they are starting anew with Mike McCarthy, who had a good run in Green Bay and hopes he can experience the same kind of success with Dak Prescott that he did with Aaron Rodgers. They’ll get started in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
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This game christens SoFi Stadium, built on the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood, and perhaps a ballpark that even surpasses what the Cowboys have. It is a shame that there won’t be any fans allowed.
Some of the latest controversy involves Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott speaking out about “depression” on his part, with ESPN “commentator” Skip Bayless offering criticism of it, mostly for controversy’s sake. Prescott presents an interesting situation, as he had pretty glowing stats last season, throwing for 4902 yards and 30 touchdowns, while leading his team to just a .500 record. They need to go further than that. There is no question that the Cowboys should be high-powered through the air once again. Both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had over 100 receiving yards last season, and this year they are joined by speedy rookie CeeDee Lamb. Jerry Jones was practically doing cartwheels when he was available by the time Dallas picked in the first round.
Of course, when you throw in Ezekiel Elliott (1357 yards in 2019) and you have something that is potentially imposing. In last year’s meeting at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys roiled to a 44-21 win behind 263 rushing yards.
In the Sunday night NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Cowboys are favored on the road:
Dallas Cowboys -3 (+105)
Los Angeles Rams +3 (-125)
Over 51.5 points -110
Under 51.5 points -110
A number of things went wrong for the Rams last season, as they slumped in the year after their Super Bowl run. They finished 13th in overall defense, and coordinator Wade Phillips was ousted, as Brandon Staley takes over the stop unit. Well, what we can say is that it is nice to have the premier defensive tackle in football (Aaron Donald) as well as one of the best corners (Jalen Ramsey), but they are not loaded like they were two years ago.
One possible reason for the Rams’ downfall on offense is that they believed Todd Gurley might still be able to be that scary guy who could, by virtue of his threatening presence, make the play-action game work. That is what L.A.’s passing game is based on. But Gurley was not the player he was before suffering a knee injury. Now coach Sean McVay talks of a “three-headed monster” in the backfield with rookie Cam Akers (from Florida State) along with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. Akers could wind up being a revelation, but the other two did not move the needle much, and we haven’t seen much work for them without “prime” Gurley in there. So we have our doubts.
No doubt the offensive line should perform better, as right tackle Rob Havenstein is back in the fold. But keep in mind that the Cowboys have made some advances on defense, particularly up front, where they’ve added defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and also pass rusher Aldon Smith, who’s been dealing with troubles off the field but has supposedly looked real good in drills after having been reinstated. They just hope that he can contribute something before he gets into trouble again.
We respect the Rams’ receivers, which will also include impressive rookie Van Jefferson. But Jared Goff is a little lost unless he has a very effective ground game to aid play-action. Until we see real evidence of that, we’re hesitant to back the Rams. Because Dallas is a “public” team, there’s usually no value with them, but we are going to swallow hard and lay the points, in a measured recommendation.
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