Cowboys vs. Rams
Saturday at Hawaii, 10 p.m. ET (NFL Network)
Free NFL Pick: Cowboys ATS
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Aloha Stadium in Hawaii used to be the host of this AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. That’s no longer the case since the game is going to be found in the much less desirable location of Orlando for the fourth consecutive season come late January the week until the Super Bowl.
However, fans in Hawaii will get to see yet another sort of unworthy soccer this Saturday when the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams confront in Week 2 of the preseason out of Aloha Stadium. It’s the very first NFL exhibition game in Hawaii’s biggest outdoor arena since 1976. Playing in unique locations throughout the preseason is not anything new for Dallas under owner Jerry Jones since the Cowboys have also played exhibition matches in London, Toronto, Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterrey. Guess they aren’t only America’s Team.
For what it is worth, and I would say , the Rams beat the visiting Cowboys from the Divisional Round of previous season’s playoffs, 30-22. CJ Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two scores and Todd Gurley 115 yards and a touchdown. Jared Goff threw for 186 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown. You won’t see any of those men on Saturday. Anderson is currently with the Detroit Lions. Rams coach Sean McVay clearly doesn’t give a **t on the preseason as he likes to rest his key guys to guarantee health for the regular season. Therefore, no Goff or Gurley (not traveling to Hawaii to save wear and tear his knee) or NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald or maybe a single starter will perform . The Rams will be 4-5 straight up and ATS below McVay in exhibition matches after losing last week 14-3 at Oakland (which you likely watched highlights off on”Hard Knocks”).
Blake Bortles began that match to the Rams and was 3-for-8 for 50 yards and is forecast to start again Saturday although likely not play a lot. The Rams must give most of the quarterback slips again to young players John Wolford and Brandon Allen. These two are battling for the No. 3 job. Backup running back Malcolm Brown also did not play weekly or is anticipated to all this preseason. If it comes to the Rams, just assume nobody you have heard of would play.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett clearly doesn’t take care of the preseason, either, according to his 12-22 career straight-up record. The Cowboys were winless at the 2018 preseason and then lost 17-9 in San Francisco last Saturday. Quarterback Dak Prescott failed play a series and directed the group to a field goal, completing 4-for-4 for 23 yards. I’d guess he only plays with a series Saturday. Cooper Rush along with Mike White will watch most of the time since they struggle to win against the No. 2 job. Hurry, an undrafted free agent, was with the Cowboys since 2017. White, a fifth-round choice in 2018, was on the 53-man roster last year but has been inactive for each game.
Elliott, obviously, stays away from the club demanding a contract extension. There. One of some other Cowboys who will not play make the trip: Zack Martin, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones.
Together with the Rams holding essentially everybody back, can not help but lean Dallas here.