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Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams - NFL Week 1
Sunday Night Football
September 13, 2020
8:20 PM ET
About the Cowboys
QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys failed to come to an agreement on a long term contract as Prescott agreed to play under the franchise tag. Prescott will be on a mission to prove his worth to not only the Cowboys, but he may be auditioning for other teams who may have interest in him. Prescott has evolved into a leader and is a smart, instinctive player, but must get better at closing out games and putting teams away when he gets the opportunities to do so. Opponents are curious how head coach Mike McCarthy will utilize RB Ezekiel Elliott in his offensive scheme. McCarthy is one of the best when it comes to diversifying a game plan and will keep opponents guessing. With C Travis Frederick retiring, Joe Looney should be an adequate replacement. The Cowboys offensive should be solid as usual with LT Tyron Smith anchoring the unit. The Cowboys also supplemented their defense with the signings of DL Everson Griffen and Dontari Poe. They are both disruptive forces who should be effective with DE Demarcus Lawrence bringing pressure off the end.
About the Rams
QB Jared Goff will try to get the Rams back to the postseason just a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. They still have a well- balanced team that’s loaded with talent, but will they be able to navigate through the arduous NFC West? With a top-notch offensive line protecting him, Goff should be able to get the ball to his playmakers in the passing game. WR’s Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp both had 1,000 yards receiving last year and will once again lead the Ram’s high-powered ariel assault. RB Todd Gurley was released by the team after 5 seasons as the Rams will attempt to replace him with an infusion of youth with 2nd-year player Darrell Henderson and rookie Cam Akers. The defense will once again be led by All-Pro DT Aaron Donald who is arguably the best interior lineman in the NFL. CB Jalen Ramsey returns for his 1st full season with the Rams. His confidence, swagger, and bravado should rub off on his teammates and have a positive effect on the team.
Players to Watch
Amari Cooper (Cowboys): Cooper posted career highs last season in receiving yards with 1,189 and TD’s with 8. He will face off against Jalen Ramsey in a premier matchup that will showcase 2 of the best players at their respective positions.
Taylor Rapp (Rams): Rapp will be busy running from sideline to sideline all game trying to defend the Cowboys potent passing attack. Rapp should assume the starting S spot vacated by retired 6-time Pro Bowl S Eric Weddle.
CeeDee Lamb (Cowboys): The Cowboys didn’t plan on drafting a WR with their 1st round pick, but when Lamb was still on the board when their pick came around, the Cowboys couldn’t resist. Lamb has the talent to be an elite WR in the NFL.
Cam Akers (Rams): Akers will immediately see action and will be given every opportunity to earn the starting role. He is a versatile player with superstar potential and has a nose for finding the end zone.
The Rams keep it close in the 1st half but Ezekiel Elliott shows why he is an elite RB in this league as he runs through the Rams defense like a knife through hot butter.
Final Score: Cowboys 42 / Rams 31