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    Know Your Foe: Los Angeles Rams Looking To Avoid Super Bowl Hangover

    This Saturday, the and meet for the first time since their Divisional Playoff matchup last January. Of course, this time around, the game is much less important as we move into week two of the 2019 rather than the final 8 of the postseason.

    Still the link between the two teams remains strong. and made their preseason debuts against one another, caught fire for claiming his offense had Rams-level potential, and they've now played each other in consecutive seasons.

    Let's take a look at the Rams and learn more about the Cowboys upcoming preseason opponent this week.

    The Offense

    The Rams offense was one of the most dynamic in all of football in 2018. Finishing second in offensive DVOA last season behind only the -led Chiefs, the Rams put up big time points and yardage week in and week out.

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    They've become known for their play action , so much so that it almost feels cheesy to discuss at this point. In the backfield is the talented , who is looking to surpass in terms of overall contract value this .

    Beside him is Jared Goff, who despite being a number one overall pick and putting up some impressive numbers the past two seasons, is often questioned over whether “the system” makes him who he is. Los Angeles' receiving corps is full of weapons as well, led by Brandon Cooks, Robert Woods, and .

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    Upfront the Rams had one of the better offensive lines in football in 2018, with the veteran having a career revitalization of sorts in recent years.

    Of course, you can't discuss the Rams offense without talking about their .

    McVay has been anointed as the golden boy of creativity on offense the past two seasons, and the results speak for themselves. He took over an offense which ranked towards the bottom of the league, and has turned them into an absolute juggernaut. After a disappointing performance in the , however, the pressure mounted on both McVay and Goff's shoulders is as heavy as ever heading into 2019.

    The Defense

    The Rams was certainly the weaker of the team's two units in 2018. Defensively, Los Angeles finished 19th in DVOA, despite some big name talent on that side of the ball. is arguably the best player in all of football, and is a menace for any to deal with.

    Though they lost in this year, their shouldn't experience too much of a hit overall. Donald is still the most important piece of that unit, and the team has high hopes for former pass rusher as well.

    In the back-end joins a that is loaded with star-level names like Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Whether they will all live up to their hype is yet to be seen, but Rams fans certainly have to be excited about what their secondary can look like in 2019. Plus, the Rams drafted Washington safety , a player who was all over draft boards of Cowboy fans last Spring.

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    The Los Angeles Rams are primed to contend for another West crown, and for a chance to represent the conference in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. If the Cowboys want to take the next step in 2019, they'll likely have to step over the Rams at some point in the year.

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    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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