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The stars will be out as two of the NFL’s biggest brands collide in Los Angeles. Following their 25-10 win over the Washington Commanders, the Dallas Cowboys pay a visit to the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys (3-1) have won three consecutive games despite starting quarterback Dak Prescott’s absence. Concern surrounds the Rams (2-2) as coach Sean McVay searches for answers on offense.
The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has been the story of the season. The unit ranks third in allowed points per game (15.5), seventh in yards allowed per game (308.5), and fourth in yards allowed per play (4.6). In Week 4, Dallas held the Washington Commanders to 10 points and under 300 yards. The secondary was sticky in coverage as All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs erased wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Also, the defensive line consistently got home with 11 QB hits. The run defense has been a problem at times. Washington had success on the ground in the first half and finished at 5.3 yards per carry.
Furthermore, the Cowboys have one of the NFL’s best defensive tandems. Edge rusher Micah Parsons is the favorite (+200) to win Defensive Player of the Year, per NFL odds. In addition, Diggs is playing like a top-three corner. His coverage has become more consistent, and he leads the NFL with nine pass breakups.
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On offense, backup quarterback Cooper Rush has continued his great play. The offensive line has been solid, and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is producing like a top target. Overall, the offense has played well since Week 1’s embarrassing showing (three points). It should keep improving once Prescott returns from injury, which looks unlikely this week.
Los Angeles Rams
After a rough start, many people are asking how did the Los Angeles Rams manage to win the Super Bowl last year? As expected, the offensive line has been a weakness. Wideout Cooper Kupp has been fantastic, but his peers have been lost. Tight end Tyler Higbee has been the only other reliable target. Making matters worse, quarterback Matthew Stafford has been bad. His predecessor, Jared Goff, has outperformed Stafford. Who was expecting that? The run game has been a nonfactor at 3.3 yards per carry (29th) and 68.5 rushing yards per game (30th).
These issues were on full display in the 24-9 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. The O-line gave up seven sacks and 11 QB hits. The offense was one-dimensional, and Stafford struggled. McVay has his work cut out for him.
Through four games, the defense has been solid. However, it sorely misses superstar defensive end Von Miller. The Rams have lacked a consistent pass rush from the edge as defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been constantly double-teamed. Edge rushers, like Leonard Floyd, must step up.
Cowboys vs Rams Game Injuries
Cowboys vs Rams Head-to-Head
The Rams have won three of the last four matchups against the Cowboys. Dallas has not defeated the Rams on the road since they relocated to Los Angeles.
Cowboys vs Rams Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 9th
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
- How to watch Cowboys vs Rams? ESPN
Cowboys vs Rams Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Cowboys vs Rams Betting Lines
Cowboys vs Rams Prediction
These teams are trending in opposite directions. Dallas looks good as the defense continues to dominate, while Los Angeles is struggling to find production on offense. Put two and two together. This is not a good matchup for the Rams. The offensive line was just mauled by the 49ers’ elite pass rush. Now, it gets to square off with another fearsome rush. Los Angeles could not stop defensive end Nick Bosa last game. Parsons is another huge problem.
Moreover, the Rams’ passing defense has not been as good as usual. There’s little reason to think backup QB Rush collapses this week. He’s passed with flying colors in his first four starts, going 4-0. Rush’s record will go to 5-0 after Dallas grabs another win.
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