The Dallas Cowboys (3-1) visit the Los Angeles Rams (2-2) Sunday afternoon and will be aiming to not only extend their three-game winning streak to four games but also grab a statement win over the reigning Super Bowl Champions.
Coming into this game, the Cowboys are still riding with confidence as they have been able to string together wins without starting Quarterback Dak Prescott. While some fans have either pointed out that the team is better without Prescott or the defense has been carrying them, I don't think it matters who's doing what, just keep winning.
And now, faced with the task of taking down an elite team (despite some of the early struggles), this game will serve as a test for the ‘Boys to see how talented they are team-wise. And if Cooper Rush should beat an elite team like the Rams, sports media will be going crazy on Monday about how the front office should keep him in over Prescott.
On the Rams side, they come into this matchup off a loss to their divisional rival, the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, the high-powered Rams looked out-of-sorts, and the Niners walked all over them on both sides.
Although that game may have given optimism to Cowboys fans, the Rams won't be a cakewalk. They still have one of the best masterminds in Head Coach Sean McVay, Quarterback Matthew Stafford, Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp, and studs throughout their defense. Most notably, Aaron Donald.
However, because of the injuries spread out along the Rams' offensive line, this game could be “Hollywood-like” for the Cowboys' defense, as I bet they're licking their chops knowing they will face a depleted line.
But, let's not get too ahead of ourselves and see what happens on Sunday.
To find out where you can watch or listen to this game, check out the details below. Also, I added a little razzle-dazzle for you all and gave some fantasy advice.
Date: Sunday, October 9 | Time: 3:25 p.m.
Location: SoFi Stadium | Inglewood, CA
TV: FOX | Stream: NFL+, FuboTV, YouTube TV
Commentators: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, sideline reporter Erin Andrews
Radio: 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), 107.5 La Grande in Spanish (KMVK-FM)
Cowboys & Rams: (18-18) The last matchup was won by the Rams 20-17 in 2020.
According to BetMGM, their odds have the Rams as 5.5-point favorites, and the expected O/U is 43 points. While things could change as we inch closer to Sunday, most sites are taking the Rams to pull out the win.
Here are other sites that picked the Rams:
- ESPN Matchup Predictor: Rams (74.3%), Cowboys (25.4%)
- FanDuel: Moneyline: DAL: (+190) | LAR: (-230)| Spread: DAL: +5.5 (-110) | LAR: -5.5 (-110) | Total: 45.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
- Caesars Sportsbook: Line: LAR -5.5, O/U: 42.5
Fantasy Football Plays (PPR-edition):
- RB Cam Akers – The one flaw of the Cowboys' defense is their run defense. So far, they have given up 550 rushing yards (137.5 average) to opponents and allowed the most explosive running plays (10+yards). While the Rams may have a depleted line, I wouldn't be surprised to see him break one.
- WR Cooper Kupp – Although he will be shadowed by Cornerback Trevon Diggs, who has been locking up opposing wide receivers this season, Kupp is a play based on pure volume. Everyone knows the ball is going to him, so expect him to get tough yards.
- LB Bobby Wagner – In four games this season, Wagner has averaged 13.4 points in fantasy. Wagner, who fans desperately wanted in Jerry World, should be making plays all over the field. Besides Donald, Safety Taylor Rapp, and CB Jalen Ramsey, he's your most productive player in fantasy.
- WR CeeDee Lamb – Just like Kupp, everyone knows the ball is going to Lamb. While he does draw a tough matchup with Ramsey, it will be an exciting battle to see two stars compete on Sunday.
- WR Michael Gallup – Last week, Gallup got a touchdown and drew some crucial penalties in his return. He stretches the field for the offense, so expect Rush to air it out a lot given the Rams are among the best at defending the run.
- LB Micah Parsons – I don't know about you all, but I'm so excited to see Donald versus Parsons. Parsons, who's being labeled in the same realm as Donald talent-wise by some, has a favorable matchup because of their offensive line woes.